Lecture Series - Stravinsky, the Ballets Russes & The Rite of Spring
March 16, 2021
If you are unable to attend the live session, do not worry - all those who register will automatically be sent copies of the lecture to view in your own time (from around four hours after they take place).
The uproar that greeted the premiere of The Rite of Spring, in May 1913, has gone into legend. Yet paradoxically this most revolutionary of musical masterpieces is deeply rooted in tradition. Peter Hill will explore and illustrate how ancient and modern come together in the dazzling creations of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in the years before 1914 – in the sets and costumes of Benois and Bakst, the dancing and choreography of Fokine and Nijinsky, and in the glittering scores (for The Firebird, Petrushka and the Rite) composed by Diaghilev’s greatest discovery, Igor Stravinsky.
In search of the Rite - Tuesday 23 March 2021
Peter Hill is a pianist, writer and broadcaster (peterhillpianist.co.uk) who gives recitals, masterclasses and lectures around the world. His recorded cycles of Messiaen and of Berg, Schoenberg and Webern have gained superlative acclaim, with the Messiaen described as "one of the most impressive solo recording projects of recent years" (New York Times) and receiving the composer’s endorsement: "Beautiful technique, a true poet: I am a passionate admirer of Peter Hill's playing." Peter has recently embarked on a series of Bach recordings (for Delphian) with Book 2 of the Well-Tempered Clavier chosen as CD of the Week on BBC Radio 3. Writings include books on Stravinsky and Messiaen, among them a biography (Messiaen, Yale) based on unprecedented access to the composer’s archive. Peter is a Professor Emeritus at Sheffield University and in 2008 was awarded the annual prize for musical scholarship by the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Format for Lecture
Peter will give two one-hour illustrated lectures for £19. He will also illustrate his talk with live piano.
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