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Tuesday, December 6 • 9:00am - 9:20am
The Hidden Usage Of Sonata Form In The First Movement Of Stravinsky’s Petrushka: The Shrovetide Fair

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Sonata form is a common musical form that developed in the Classical period of music history and continues to stand as one of the most influential forms recognized in the musical community today. I want to take this form and apply it to a piece that seemingly does not follow this form to the inexperienced eye, but in actuality does. In this paper I will uncover the unlikely possibility of the twentieth century composer, Igor Stravinsky, using sonata form in one of his most renowned ballets. Igor Stravinsky is famous for the works Firebird Suite (re-popularized by Fantasia 2000) and Rite of Spring (a ballet that caused riots due to its unusual rhythms and chords), but his typically forgotten ballet is Petrushka, written in 1910. Petrushka is divided into four movements and I will analyze the first, The Shrovetide Fair, and use a well-known Haydn symphony as a basis for my comparisons to sonata form. I find this movement fascinating in the fact it seems to be organized chaos. The Shrovetide Fair is a movement full of various polyrhythms and random time signature changes that would seem to represent the chaotic nature of a festival in 1800s Russia. I will peel through this chaos and explain the underlying organization into sonata form using music theorist William E. Caplin’s sonata analysis techniques, because there are clear divisions of sections that prove there is an organizational pattern that Stravinsky did not make obvious.

Tuesday December 6, 2016 9:00am - 9:20am
018 Lipinsky Hall