Wednesday, October 15, 2008

useful readings on stravinsky

Here are three pieces of writing on Stravinsky that contain important information about the Poetics of Music and The Rite of Spring ; one is by Robert Craft, noted Stravinsky scholar and Stravinsky's long-time amanuensis; two are by Richard Taruskin, surely the world's leading scholarly authority on Stravinsky today.

1) On the actual writing of the Poetics of Music :
Robert Craft, "Roland-Manuel and the 'Poetics of Music,'" Perspectives of New Music , vol. 21, no. 1/2 (Autumn, 1982 - Summer, 1983), pp. 487-505.

2) On Stravinsky's use of Russian folk melodies in Rite of Spring (a usage he wanted subsequently to conceal) :
Richard Taruskin, "Russian Folk Melodies in The Rite of Spring," Journal of the American Musicological Society , Vol. 33, no. 3 (Autumn, 1980), pp. 501-543.

3) On the notorious (fabricated) review by Alexis Tolstoy, as quoted in Stravinsky's Poetics (p. 115), of Shostakovich's 5th Symphony :
see Richard Taruskin, Defining Russia Musically: Historical and Hermeneutical Essays (Princeton: Princeton University Press, c. 1997), pp. 516-524.


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