This month SCMT are featuring the brilliant Igor Stravinsky. Stravinsky first found fame as a composer for the Russian ballet. His three most famous works are The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913). These three works became renowned, not only in the ballet music world but also the music world in general.
The third ballet, The Rite of Spring, however was the most revolutionary. It used rhythmic ideas never seen in the world of ballet before. There were changes in time signature, tempo and off beat rhythms that lead the way for a change, again not only in the ballet music world but also the music world in general.
Even in his early career Stravinsky really was a forward thinking composer, leading the way for new compositional techniques and ideas.
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