University of Florida Giusepp

View The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky.  It is not necessary to watch it in its entirety, but at least through Act I (to 15:22).  This video features the original choreography by Nijinsky and Roerich’s original stage designs performed by the Joffrey Ballet in 1987.  Please list some of the modernist musical techniques that Stravinsky used in this piece.  Be specific and use the terminology found in the textbook.  How does Stravinsky and his collaborators make this ballet “primitive” both visually and aurally?  (Will attach 100 question quiz from this module that contains some vocabulary you can use.  Use at least 5 terms from this quiz.)

3 Page Assignment

1.Handel’s Messiah

2. Mozart’s Don Giovanni

3.Beethoven’s symphony no. 9

4.Verdi’s Requiem

5.Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

Additional research about the work and its composer outside of the textbook will be necessary to complete this assignment. The essay should be organized around a central thesis that is clearly stated in the introduction. The essay should integrate the following issues and material into the development of this thesis:

1. Identify a cultural theme or value exemplified by the work you have chosen, and link this theme or value to the sociopolitical context in which the work was produced. Why is this theme or value of relevance to the production of this work?

2. Who composed the work? Describe at least three important aspects of this composer’s social and cultural environment that shaped his or her professional life. 

3. To what period in music history does this work belong? Define at least three important aspects of the musical style of this period. In broad terms, how does this work reflect the cultural, aesthetic, and/or political values of this period?

4. What is the genre of the work (i.e. opera, cantata, program symphony, etc.)? What are the basic characteristics and historical background of this genre? What kinds of expectations might audience members have had when encountering a new work in this genre?

5. Select at least one movement or extended section of the work and describe its distinctive stylistic, dramatic, and/or formal aspects as they relate to the cultural and aesthetic values of the period. 

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