First Nights: Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring: Modernism, Ballet, and Riots

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First Nights: Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring: Modernism, Ballet, and Riots

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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...

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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This Course was excellent. The videos are very good and the schedule is practice. I would like to obtain a certificate. Thank you very much!
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Loved the course, what with the instructor Thomas Kelley's way of teaching and the various examples he presents, it's no wonder everyone who takes the class learn so much in a such a short period of time!! So glad I took this course!!
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A very interesting, enjoyable and lovely course, very well explained by the instructor. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Great!
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Excellent way to learn about this brilliant composer!!! The course is quick and easy (I completed it in a morning) and very educational. It is well worth the time. Thank you edX for another great course!!!
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WOW! What a series! What a course! Along with ANU's Astrophysics series, I believe these MOOCs are the best Internet can offer. And I've completed more than 80, so I believe that counts as something. I've completed this course today, and I rushed to complete it, and here I am, finishing it in a couple of days, because I couldn't have put my hands off it. Professor Kelly's passion will motivate you not only to listen to classical music more or to read his works, but to listen to performances, read more about historical context, and learn more about things mentioned. I've never been so much inspired. This course will teach you about one of the most scandalous performances in the history - that one of the Rite of Spring. It's really a musical mystery, and professor is here to guide you through nuances and details you never could have figured out on your own. I'm sad this series ends with this course, and I hope they'll do Fir... WOW! What a series! What a course! Along with ANU's Astrophysics series, I believe these MOOCs are the best Internet can offer. And I've completed more than 80, so I believe that counts as something. I've completed this course today, and I rushed to complete it, and here I am, finishing it in a couple of days, because I couldn't have put my hands off it. Professor Kelly's passion will motivate you not only to listen to classical music more or to read his works, but to listen to performances, read more about historical context, and learn more about things mentioned. I've never been so much inspired. This course will teach you about one of the most scandalous performances in the history - that one of the Rite of Spring. It's really a musical mystery, and professor is here to guide you through nuances and details you never could have figured out on your own. I'm sad this series ends with this course, and I hope they'll do First Nights at the Opera as well. Buy or read the First Nights book, it's a perfect companion - I was enjoying this series so much I had to buy it. Every possible recommendations for this series. It's the most wonderful thing there is.
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