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Building Blocks: Repetition and Continuity in the Music of Stravinsky

Gretchen Horlacher


A pioneer of musical modernism, Igor Stravinsky marked a significant turn in compositional method. He broke free from traditional styles and contemporary trends in the early part of the 20th century to achieve an entirely new and truly modern aesthetic. Striking a remarkable concurrence of stasis and discontinuity, Stravinsky crafted large-scale compositions out of short repeating melodies, juxtaposed these primary motives with contrasting and varying fragments, and layered on fixed ostinati which repeated at their own rates throughout the piece. Previous scholarship on Stravinsky focuses on t ... More

Keywords: musical modernism, Igor Stravinsky, fixed ostinati, continuity, stasis, discontinuity, nature of time

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195370867
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370867.001.0001


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Gretchen Horlacher, author
Indiana University
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