Igor Stravinsky's Four Russian Ballets: Up Close and Personal

Humanities Seminars Course

Igor Stravinsky's Four Russian Ballets: Up Close and Personal

Professor Bruce Chamberlain Fred Fox School of Music
Past Course
WEDNESDAYS 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. January 25 - February 15, 2017
Dorothy Rubel Room



This course explores the background and the groundbreaking stylistic features of Stravinsky’s most famous works: Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring, and Les Noces. Considered the epitome of early 20th-century composition, these works defined musical syntax for generations of composers. Les Noces, the least known of these works, is a ballet cantata, calling for four pianos, 11 percussionists, four singing soloists, mixed choir, and corps de ballet. Rarely performed due to its difficulty and complexity, it will not only be a major focus of our course, but the UA School of Dance and Fred Fox School of Music Choral Department will partner for historic performances of it at Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. Class participants, in addition to gaining a thorough understanding of these works and their socioartistic significance, will be treated to behind-the-scenes access during the rehearsal process and given a complimentary ticket to a performance of Les Noces.


Required Reading: 

Joseph, Charles M. Stravinsky's Ballets. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0300118728.

BRUCE CHAMBERLAIN, Director of Choral Activities, Associate Director of the Fred Fox School of Music, and founding Director of the TSO Chorus is an honors graduate of the Indiana University School of Music with bachelor’s, master’s, and DMus degrees. He has recently appeared at Vienna’s Musikverein and Dvořák Hall in Prague, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and Daegu City, South Korea. This spring he will conduct the NYC Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.



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