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Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Modernism, Ballet, and Riots

Harvard University via edX

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  • Subject Music
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $49 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-5 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 3 weeks long

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Overview

Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, sparking a riot and screaming so loud that the dancers could not hear the orchestra, and the choreographer had to shout numbers from backstage to keep the dancers on beat.

The Rite of Spring continues to challenge listeners. According to Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring was intended to portray “the surge of spring, the magnificent upsurge of nature reborn.” As you will see, Stravinsky’s description is almost frighteningly apt!

Harvard’s Thomas Forrest Kelly (Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music) guides learners through The Rite of Spring, highlighting not only the contributions of Stravinsky, the composer, but also those of his collaborators. Professor Kelly takes learners through the ballet’s development, rehearsals, and finally, premiere performance, and he explores just how and why The Rite of Spring challenged (and to a certain extent, continues to challenge) its listeners.

You will learn about the ballet’s innovative choreography, the basics of 20th-century orchestral form and technique, and the circumstances of this ballet’s first performance and subsequent history. Learners in this course need not have any prior musical experience.

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by Taniyah completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
I think that modern music is a good way of trying to tell your fans and the people that love you how you feel about whats going on in your life.some people may not realize how important music actually is, in reality people really think that its just entertainment,and yes it can be.I think modern music is a good way to express what you have or are going through in your life, people think that it is just to be famous but thats not all.Music is also a way to realize what you want to do with your life to become successful and be able to support your family.So i'd say that if oppertunity knocks let him in.Modern music can also mean that you will be there for someone for example Charlie puth said "Im only one call away ill be there to save the day" but it could also mean sadness for example the singer who wrote the song "Say something" he was upset because he feels really bad because he made some mystery girl feel bad or upset some how by not being there for her or leaving her alone.
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