Learn the fascinating history of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, one of the most challenging and rewarding ballets ever written.
About this course
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 the 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.
What you will learn?
- Identify and describe forms and techniques used in 20th-century orchestral music.
- Understand approaches to ballet choreography in the 20th century.
- Appreciate the cultural context and performance circumstances of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Syllabus of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring course:
Lesson 1: Introduction
- Introduction to The Rite of Spring
- Paris in 1913
- HRO Recording of the Rite of Spring
Lesson 2: Stravinsky’s Musical Style
- Folk Melodies
Lesson 3: The Four Idiots
- Serge Diaghilev
- Igor Stravinsky
- Nicholas Roerich
- Vaslav Nijinsky
- Stravinsky, Nijinsky, and Diaghilev
Lesson 4: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Listening to The Rite of Spring
- Opening Melody, Part I
- Opening Melody, Part II
- The First Dance
- Spring Rounds
- Procession of the Sage
- The Sacrificial Dance
Lesson 5: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Preparations, Rehearsals, and the Performance
- The Performance
Introduction to the First Nights Series (Optional)
- The Second Point – The Culture
- The Third Point, the Listener – How Do We Describe Music?
Music Theory (Optional)
- Introduction to Music Theory
- Pitch Basics
- Musical Time
- Pitch Structure
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- Harvard University
- Online Course
- 1-4 Weeks
- Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
- Choreography Culture History Musical instruments