2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Title: Nationalistic Elements in Stravinsky's Petrushka
Jenny G. Choo
Dr. David McKamie and Dr. Ilia Radoslavov, Faculty Mentors

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) is undeniably one of the most important composers of the 20th century. His innovative style evolved significantly throughout the various phases of his career. Petrushka, written between 1910 and 1911, is a representative work of Stravinsky's nationalistic period. It is the second of his three ballets and was commissioned by the notorious Sergei Diaghilev - impresario and founder of Ballets Russes. The ballet brings to life the eerie tale of the Russian puppet Petrushka who, with newly given emotions, struggles to win the affections of his love: the beautiful Ballerina. The 1911 premiere of Petrushka in Paris confirmed that Stravinsky's sudden rise to fame was not accidental. This presentation will include a discussion of nationalistic elements (i.e., the use of Russian folk tunes and tales) that Stravinsky employed in his ballet, and it will conclude with a performance of two scenes that Stravinsky arranged for solo piano.

Keywords: music, ballet, Russian, Stravinsky, nationalism


Presentation Type: Performance Art

Session: 1-2
Location: OP Performance Hall
Time: 8:15

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