The synthesis of rhythms: form, ideology, and the "Augurs of Spring"

Code, D.J. (2007) The synthesis of rhythms: form, ideology, and the "Augurs of Spring". Journal of Musicology, 24(1), pp. 112-166. (doi:10.1525/jm.2007.24.1.112)

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At the time of the premiere of The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky suggestively described its first dance, "Augurs of Spring," as a "synthesis of rhythms." Later, he characterized the whole ballet as an "architectonic" work. Richard Taruskin, in arguing for the ballet's overall aesthetic of "primitive simplicity," polemically rejects this latter adjective as a typical formalist lie. But detailed analysis demonstrates the architectonic intricacy of the rhythmic synthesis in "Augurs" alone. Not only are the composer's labors toward such local intricacy clearly evident in the sketches, but a dialectical account of formalism and immediacy in this one dance confirms both the documented "neonationalist" background and initial reception, while pointing to a finer understanding of this ballet's position in the stylistic development of Stravinsky's Russian period.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Code, Dr David
Authors: Code, D.J.
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:Journal of Musicology
ISSN (Online):1533-8347
Published Online:18 April 2007

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