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Stravinksy's Compositional Techniques: Folk Melodies
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
Psalms, piano, end, folk, repetition, Petrushka, happen, somewhere, disonance, uncanny, 90, unusual, culture, chronological, thumbs, large, Beethoven
Igor Stravinsky lived almost      years (1882-1971)
wrote a            amount of music
although it changes over time, there is much we can say about what his music sounds like in general
1. appearance of melodies that sound like          melodies but are different in kind than the folk melodies that we usually recognize in the Anglo-American tradition
characteristic of the Rite of Spring as well as the rest of his music
they don't come to a nice        the way we think they would
they sound like music that would be familiar to some group of people                   
have internal                     
but the repetition is hardly ever literal
the scales used are not the (common( scales used in music of his time and tradition
it's music that sounds like it might be music to some other               
he scatters these melodies throughout the score of the Rite of Spring
puts us in another cultural and                            place
this is a particular characteristic of the Rite of Spring but certainly not limited to this piece
2.                way of discovering new sounds
he does this perhaps by simply throwing his hands on the piano to see what he finds
they are sounds that have few other characteristics in common other than they just              to fit under the hands on the piano
chords played which are just barely reachable by the             
it's an                way of playing chords
the emphasis on the middle note of the chord is going to be important in the Symphony of              piece
his ballet Petrushka
                   is a puppet so you have these sounds of a puppet
puts two chords together and alternates them
                   does it, but Stravinsky is a master at this
the first dance in the Rite of Spring
done to a single chord that is repeated many times
the only thing that varies is the accent pattern
it's easy to play
generating the maximum amount of                    with the smallest number of notes
the animated dance
it all can be played on the           

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Ideas and Concepts:

Music video gem discovered during this morning's Igor Stravinsky class:

"Petrushka, or the unhappiest puppet story ever, is like a Russian version of Pinocchio, but without a sweet old puppet maker or a happy Walt Disney ending. In a nutshell, Stravinksy's ballet Petrushka is about a puppet who comes to life, but who is burdened by pesky human emotions such as love, jealousy, and rage. It's set in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the 1830s. The Shrovetide Fair is underway, a kind of Russian Mardi Gras festival.

This is where things get complicated.

Like the late-blooming high school nerd who has a crush on the cheerleader, who, in turn, has a crush on the captain of the football team, Petrushka is twitterpated with the ballerina from the get-go. But his scrawny puppet body of straw and sawdust is no match for the swashbuckling moor, whose dark features and graceful move literally sweep the ballerina off her feet.

And this is not a story where the underdog gets the girl.

To make a long story short, there's a duel. Petrushka dies, but his ghost comes back to torment his magician puppet maker, who he damns for giving him life in the first place.

The music is laden with Russian folk tunes and is brimming with atmosphere. Critics often regard Petrushka as a perfect fusion of music, ballet, choreography, and history."
Stravinksy's Compositional Techniques: Folk Melodies