May

Composer of the month

Igor Stravinsky

1882-1971

Stravinsky conducting The Firebird

The Rite of Spring with Leonard Bernstein conducting

Petrouchka ballet

Scherzo Fantastique (orchestral work)

Circus Polka (piano)

Stravinsky’s The Star Spangled Banner

Ballet

Here are a few famous ballets.

Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev

Overture to Bizet’s Carmen


Listening Guide to Two Spring Ballets

Appalachian Spring by Copland and The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky

Appalachian Spring by Copland

(0:07) Very slowly (Introduction)
(2:51) Allegro (Tutti)
(5:24) Moderato (Pas de deux: bride and groom)
(8:36) Fast (Revivalist and His Flock: barn dance)
(12:06) Presto (Bride’s solo)
(14:31) Meno mosso (transition)
(16:30) Slow introduction to variations (cut from the Suite)
(16:56) Doppio movimento (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)
(19:11) Point at which the material cut from the Suite begins
(27:37) Point at which the Suite resumes (last Shaker variation)
(28:06) Moderato (Coda)

The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky