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An introduction to The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky The part I of the Rite of Spring starts with an introduction The texture at the very beginning is extremely thin and the only instrument in use is the bassoon in an unusually high tessatura The bassoon is soon joined by the Horn and later a pair of clarinets This little wind ensemble creates an eerie feeling and the fact that tempo rubato is employed makes the whole start very unstable as if the grand work has just had a bad kick-off However this cold start doesnt last for long Before soon as more instruments join in more or less at random the texture gets thicker and thicker Each instrument has its own theme and they seem to come in regardless of each other similar to the bird-songs that are heard too many times at dawn and shortly after The strings do not join in until figure 4 and do not play a major part in the introduction As the morning progresses the orchestra gets busier and busier with ever twining melodies At figure 9 the flutes flourish but at figure 10 Stravinsky introduces 6 solo Double Basses and a Solo cello This is where the strings start playing a major part in this movement Though they could not be heard when this is performed as an orchestral work the effects can be clearly seen At figure 11 the orchestra has finished its initial eruption and almost all instruments have come in for the first time The strange effect of glissando harmonics is applied to the viola However none of these minute-details can in fact be heard and the overall effect resembles that of the Representation of Chaos from the Creation though Haydn did not sacrifice the beauty of music when it is used to represent chaos As the orchestra draws to a climax just before figure 12 it sounds as if the sound
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