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Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes

An online lecture by Dr. Simon Morrison 

Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) came from nowhere and went everywhere. He defined musical modernism and influenced entire generations of composers. He was the first celebrity composer—a canny self-promoter and manipulator of the press. He created several ballet scores of enduring influence and popularity. Dr. Morrison’s lecture will cover the first three of them—The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911), and The Rite of Spring (1913)—adding new details to historical record, addressing the relationship between music and dance, and looking afresh at Stravinsky’s legacy.

The lecture will also unpack the clichés about the Russia Stravinsky came from, as well as the sources of his inspiration. Dr. Morrison will present musical and visual clips and attempt to bring us into the experience of the premieres of these works–what it was like to be in Paris when Stravinsky made his mark.

Click the button below and register now. If you can’t attend live, there is an option to request the recording!

About the Speaker

Simon Morrison is professor of music and Slavic languages and literatures at Princeton University. His most recent book, Tchaikovsky’s Empire: A New Life of Russia’s Greatest Composer, is forthcoming from Yale University Press. He has just drafted a history of Moscow for Knopf.

Morrison received his M.A. in Music History from McGill University and Ph.D. in Music History from Princeton University.


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This virtual lecture is presented live via Zoom. Registered users will be emailed a link to join this Zoom program. To get started, please download Zoom on your chosen device and explore the Frequently Asked Questions.

This program will be recorded and posted to the museum’s YouTube channel.


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