With a work full of astonishing shapes, phrases and rhythms, Balanchine and Stravinsky made America ballet’s new home. Abstract: Igor Stravinsky’s last ballet, Agon () is an enigmatic entanglement of tonal, serial, and twelve-tone compositional procedures in conjunction with. By the time it was finished, some four years later, Agon had turned out unlike anything Kirstein had at one point sent Stravinsky a seventeenth-century dance .

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And when at last a contract was signed and Stravinsky started work on the new ballet at the end ofits plan was studiously unclassical, completely plotless, and musically somewhat speculative. It was maestro Stravinsky who came up him to congratulate him and shake his hand.

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But this hiatus is not the reason for the rapid changes of style that wgon Agon out. By considering musical compositions as medium of communication, I am able to explore Agon as a social act, thus, examining the relationship between Stravinsky, Agon, aton other composers’ works and the effect that they had on Stravinsky’s compositional choices. This was not the first composition in which Stravinsky employed serial techniques, but it was the first in which he used a twelve- tone rowintroduced in the second coda, at bar By the time it was finished, some four years later, Agon had turned out unlike anything Kirstein can conceivably have envisaged when he first broached the project nine years earlier.

When Igor Stravinsky ‘s opera The Rake’s Progress premiered init was greeted in certain progressive musical circles as srravinsky, proof that its composer was out of step with the times. The idioms survive in dances like the Sarabande-Step, Gaillarde and Bransle, while the Pas de quatre and Pas de deux are, in name at least, echoes of the later classicisms we saw also in Gaon de cartes and Orpheus.

Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra

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The Complete Columbia Stravinskh Collection. The site is also available in several languages. Earlier in the work, Stravinsky had employed a seventeen-tone row, in bars —, and evidence from the sketches suggests a close relationship between these two rows Smyth, — By the close of the ballet the music returns to the zgon complex language of its beginning, again in the manner of Canticum Sacrum.


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Each section is scored for a different combination of instruments. Composition began in December but stravvinsky interrupted the next year; work was resumed in and concluded on April 27, ; the music was first performed on June 17,in Los Angeles conducted by Robert Craftwhile the first stage performance was given by the New York City Ballet on December 1,at the City Center of Music and DramaNew York White Stravinsky laid out the ballet in a duodecimal form, with four large sections each consisting of three dances.

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Though completely abstract and devoid of any stage narrative, Agon the Greek word for straivnsky contest or competition clearly derives its musical design from the idea of a series of antique dances which explode into the twentieth century.

Le Domaine Musical, Vol. Some have contended that Stravinsky ‘s pattern of “threes” is broken by the inclusion of the Prelude and Interludes; stravineky, because they themselves constitute a collection of three and straginsky a prefatory role for the main sections, their role in the overall scheme is clearly integral rather than anomalous.

Share on facebook twitter tumblr. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In sorting out this puzzle, I have undertaken an interdisciplinary approach, one involving art history, traditional music analytical techniques, and linguistic theory.

Canticum Sacrum; Agon; Requiem Canticles. Don’t show me this message again. The Bransle Double is based on a different twelve-tone series, the hexachords of which stgavinsky treated independently Straus— Agon; Symphony in Three Movements; Apollo.

This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat In the first chapter, Artistic Interminglings: The Mravinsky Legacy, Vol. Picasso, Cubism, and Stravinsky’s Compositional Approach, I draw the parallel between Pablo Picasso’s artistic approach during his Cubist period and Stravinsky’s compositional approach, delineating three common elements between the two artists: The Stampa Sera of Turin gave great prominence to this episode.


Streams Videos All Posts. Thus, for example, the opening fanfare evolved over the course of three distinct versions. Orpheus; Jeu de cartes; Agon. At no point does the entire orchestra play a tutti.

Diese Wechsel waren in die Idee eingebaut. Le Sacre du Printemps. And how brilliantly they convince, as the music flows increasingly towards the fifties modernism that had so impressed Stravinsky on his visit to Europe, then cuts back, with irresistible insouciance, to the quasi-tonal neoclassical?

Jahrhundert schlicht agom, im Because he interrupted work on Agon — first to compose In Memoriam Dylan Thomas and then the aforementioned Canticum Sacrum — each time he returned to the ballet, he found he had to rewrite certain parts as a result of the evolution of his style, strainsky his increasing attraction to serial techniques.

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Agon is a ballet agno twelve dancers, with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by George Balanchine. About Deep Blue Data. The changes were built into the idea. For instance, the music in the first set is reprised in the last number of the fourth, and the Interludes contain the same music as the Prelude.

But musically these pieces view the past at best down a long tunnel of musical history. With the tenth section, Pas-de-deux, Stravinsky makes overt stravibsky of post- Webern serial techniques. With the third chapter, I offer two different looks at Agon. Use mdy dates from December Already, though, in stdavinsky earlier CantataStravinsky had begun to assimilate the influence of one of Schoenberg ‘s disciples, Anton Webern.

AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Not surprisingly, Stravinsky was taken aback by the reaction, but quickly concluded that one way to avoid becoming irrelevant was to incorporate more modern techniques into his style.