Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring by Peter Hill

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Author
Peter Hill
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Date of release
Pages
184
ISBN
9780521622219
Binding
Hardcover
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Rating
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The Rite of Spring is Stravinsky s most revolutionary work This book provides a comprehensive guide to the work telling in detail the story of its inception and composition of the stormy rehearsals which led to the scandalous premiere on 29 May 1913 and of Stravinsky s later betrayal of the ballet s first choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky At the same time in a reassessment of the work s musical values Peter Hill probes beneath the surface of the music to reveal an architectural conception of unsuspected guile and subtlety A feature of the book is a discussion of the work in performance drawing on recordings by the Rite s greatest interpreters Stravinsky himself included Finally the significance of the Rite is thoroughly reviewed in a conclusion which aims to pose a radical challenge to the orthodox view of the work The Rite of Spring is Stravinsky s most revolutionary work This important new book provides a comprehensive guide to the work telling in vivid detail the story of its inception and composition of the stormy rehearsals which led to the scandalous premiere on 29 May 1913 and of Stravinsky s later betrayal of the ballet s first choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky At the same time in a radical reassessment of the work s musical values Peter Hill probes beneath the surface of the music to reveal an architectural conception of unsuspected guile and subtlety A feature of the book is a detailed discussion of the work in performance drawing on recordings by the Rite s greatest interpreters Stravinsky himself included Finally the significance of the Rite is thoroughly reviewed in a hard hitting conclusion which poses a radical challenge to the orthodox view of the work The Rite of Spring is Stravinskys most revolutionary work This important new book provides a comprehensive guide to the work telling in vivid detail the story of its inception and composition of the stormy rehearsals which led to the scandalous premiere on 29 May 1913 and of


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