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The Rite of Spring

Summary: Analyzes Igor Stravinsky's composition, The Rite of Spring. Discusses its form, melody, tonality and harmony. Describes how Stravinsky, with this composition, changed the way harmony is used.
Form

The fact that this piece is a ballet influences the nature of the music by using short sections, (to be sympathetic to the dancers).

The preface describes the piece as "anti-symphonic" which describes the way in which, as opposed to the symphonic development of melodies; the ideas within this piece are not developed; the piece uses motifs which are juxtaposed, and have no relation to one another.

Melody

Stravinsky uses short sharp motifs, as opposed to traditional melodies which subsequently become developed. A melody normally lasts 4-8 bars (sometimes more), yet motifs only very rarely exceed 4 bars.

Tonality

Bi-tonal is the way of describing a piece where two key signatures are used at once; polytonal uses more than two key signatures at once.

Bi-tonality is displayed in "Dances of the Young girls", from the first chord at 13, whereby Violin II and Viola play Eb7, while simultaneously Cello...

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