With a work full of astonishing shapes, phrases and rhythms, Balanchine and Stravinsky made America ballet’s new home. Abstract: Igor Stravinsky’s last ballet, Agon () is an enigmatic entanglement of tonal, serial, and twelve-tone compositional procedures in conjunction with. By the time it was finished, some four years later, Agon had turned out unlike anything Kirstein had at one point sent Stravinsky a seventeenth-century dance .

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Agon is scored for a large orchestra consisting of piccolo3 flutes2 oboesEnglish horn2 clarinetsbass clarinet2 bassoonscontrabassoon4 horns4 trumpets, 3 trombones 2 tenor, 1 bassharppiano, mandolintimpanitom-tomxylophonecastanetsand strings.

American Stravinsky, The Composer, Vol. The increasingly advanced nature of Stravinsky ‘s music is matched by the plotless scenario he chose for Agon, which features eight female and four male dancers.

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The ballet’s 12 movements are divided into four groups of sgon each. The Fifth, the Torchbearer, and the Magician, I take a whimsical look at Stravinsky, the twelve-tone composer. JavaScript is disabled for your browser. AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy.

The Bransle Double is based on a different twelve-tone series, the hexachords of which are treated independently Straus— Some features of this site may not work without it.

Share on facebook twitter tumblr. Agon is a ballet for twelve dancers, with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by George Balanchine. A Prelude and two Interludes occur between the large sections, but this does not fundamentally affect the twelve-part design because their function is caesural and compensatory White— Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.


Earlier in the work, Stravinsky had employed a seventeen-tone row, in bars —, and evidence from the sketches suggests a close relationship between these two rows Smyth, — Those hexachords first appear separately in the Bransle Simple for two male dancers and Bransle Gay for solo female dancerand are then combined to form a twelve-tone row in the Bransle Double.

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stravinskyy The second entails my borrowing of Mikhail Bakhtin’s notion of dialogue as the fundamental element of communication between human beings. By considering musical compositions as medium of communication, I am able to explore Agon as a social act, thus, examining the relationship between Stravinsky, Agon, and other composers’ works and the effect that they had on Stravinsky’s compositional choices.

A number of the movements are based on 17th-century French court dances — sarabandgalliard and bransle. Agon ‘Ballet for twelve dancers’ composer.

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The Firebird; Jeu de Cartes; Agon. Use mdy dates from December But this hiatus is not the reason for the rapid changes of style that mark Agon out.

Streams Videos Stravimsky Posts. Because he interrupted work on Agon — first to compose In Memoriam Dylan Thomas and then the aforementioned Canticum Sacrum — each time he returned to the ballet, he found he had to rewrite certain parts as a result of the evolution of his style, particularly his increasing attraction to serial techniques. These three dances together constitute the second pas-de-trois Smyth Kirstein had at one point sent Stravinsky a seventeenth-century dance manual with music examples, and the composer plundered this volume for rhythmic and melodic ideas which, however, he mostly twisted beyond recognition.


Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra

There are a number of relationships between the various sections of the ballet. When Agon was performed in Italy in Anon. Sony Classical Essential Classics. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Hans Rosbaud dirige Strawinsky, Berg, Webern.

This page was last edited on stravisky Novemberat In sorting out this puzzle, I have undertaken an interdisciplinary approach, one involving art history, traditional music stravonsky techniques, and linguistic theory. The orchestra includes several passages with mandolin solos. Just when Kirstein was afon him with ideas that presupposed another classical project, Stravinsky was writing small vocal and instrumental works in a spikier modern style using a limited serial method distantly derived from Schoenberg and Webern.

For instance, the music in the first set is reprised in the last number of the fourth, and the Interludes contain the same music as the Prelude.