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Program Notes & Synopses

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Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

110.00

1064 words
note by Chris Myers

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Excerpt:

Just as Massine performed in a mask stylized to recall the costumes of commedia dell’arte performers, Stravinsky wears a musical mask while orchestrating the music. Both are full-blooded twentieth-century Russians dressing as eighteenth-century Italians for the evening. Though perfectly capable of disguising themselves, neither can resist the urge to allow his own personality to peek out.
 
The score for Pulcinella was something new— not an original composition, but more than just an arrangement. This was far more than Diaghilev had expected from Stravinsky, who recalled:
 
Diaghilev hadn’t even considered the possibility of such a thing. A stylish orchestration was what Diaghilev wanted, and nothing more, and my music so shocked him that he went about for a long time with a look that suggested The Offended Eighteenth Century. In fact, however, the remarkable thing about Pulcinella is not how much but how little has been added or changed.

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