Stravinsky’s ear for instruments

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Dromey, C. 2020. Stravinsky’s ear for instruments. in: Griffiths, G. (ed.) Stravinsky in Context Cambridge University Press. pp. 170-178
Chapter titleStravinsky’s ear for instruments
AuthorsDromey, C.
Abstract

Do you remember the first time you heard the music of Igor Stravinsky? Or modernist music? My own teenage introduction to both was Ragtime (1917–18), our music teacher helping us join the dots between its particular strand of twentieth-century classical music and Scott Joplin’s evergreen rag, ‘The Entertainer’ (1902), which the pianists among us would struggle to play.1 Looking back, the muffled giggling which Ragtime provoked was due as much to the jolting introduction of its faint and weird-sounding cimbalom as to the relentless discontinuities that shape its phrasing, melody and timbre. To hear Stravinsky repeatedly is to understand how these innovations relate to one another, but the shock of having to process his music for the first time was real and literally physical. Here were strange folk- and jazz-inspired sounds, far removed from the Classical and Romantic orchestras that had framed our expectations of so-called classical music until that point. Ragtime’s sound was, and remains, quite alien

Research GroupMusic group
LanguageEnglish
Page range170-178
Book titleStravinsky in Context
EditorsGriffiths, G.
PublisherCambridge University Press
SeriesComposers in Context
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Hardcover9781108422192
Electronic9781108381086
Electronic9781108390262
Publication dates
Online03 Dec 2020
Print17 Dec 2020
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Deposited15 Jan 2020
Accepted31 Dec 2019
Output statusPublished
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