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Games people play

Tennis? Tennis???

Yes, Debussy’s Jeux revolves around a game of tennis. Of course, it’s all a bit more complicated and considerably darker than that. Anyway, it inspired Debussy to produce one of his finest scores, so that’s a good place to start from! 81 more words

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Prehistoric Russia

The music of Le Sacre du Printemps baffles verbal description. To say that much of it is hideous as sound is a mild description. There is certainly an impelling rhythm traceable.

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L’Après-midi d’un faune and Le spectre de la rose

The 1911–1912 seasons of the Ballets Russes saw the premiers of two of the twentieth century’s greatest scores — Stravinsky’s Petroushka and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé. 467 more words

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Firebird

The ‘phenomenal success’ of the Ballets Russes‘ 1909 season was purely artistic; in financial terms it was a disaster, leaving Diaghilev and his backers with a gargantuan debt of 85,000 francs (some things never change!). 184 more words

The logic of tears

Note: Every Friday, The A.V. Club, my favorite pop cultural site on the Internet, throws out a question to its staff members for discussion, and I’ve decided that I want to join in on the fun. 826 more words

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Salade Russe

The first season (1909) of the Ballets Russes took place in the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Musically it was something of a mess (a jumble of composers and musical styles that Walter Nouvel referred to as a ‘salade russe’).   165 more words

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As for myself, I have to say, again out of observation, that first of all I am a great charlatan, although one with flair; second I’m a great charmer; third I’ve great nerve; fourth I’m a man with a great deal of logic and few principles; and fifth, I think I lack talent; but if you like, I think I’ve found my real calling – patronage of the arts.

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