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The score was begun in Lausanne, Switzerland, in August 1910, and completed in Rome in May of 1911. Stravinsky was 28. Petrushka opened in Paris on June 13, 1911, with Vaslav Nijinsky in the title role. It was a smash success, with general agreement that the music, though perfectly suited for stage action, was too ugly and coarse to survive on its own merits. Time has decisively reversed that judgment.
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The First Tableau is set in the Shrove-tide Fair in 1830\'s St. Petersburg, on a winter day. Crowds of merrymakers mill about. An organ grinder competes with a music-box man. The crowd grows more and more exuberant. Suddenly two drummers silence the crowd and a Magician appears from behind a curtain. The impression his hocus-pocus makes on the gullible crowd is reflected in the mysterious mutterings of the orchestra. Then the Magician plays an insipid tune on his flute, and touches it to three puppets (Petrushka, the Ballerina and the Blackamoor) who have been revealed from behind a curtain. To everyone\'s astonishment, they begin to cavort without strings (the Russian Dance). The drums roll again, and there is a change of scene.
In the Second Tableau, the setting shifts from the real world to the fantasy world of the puppets, all of whom have been endowed by the Magician with emotion. Petrushka feels and suffers the most. We see him kicked into his bare, prison-like room. At this point his despondent wail, the \"Petrushka chord,\" is heard as an arpeggio in two clarinets. He curses and paws the walls, hoping to escape. The door opens and the vacuous Ballerina dances in. Petrushka, ugly and unwanted, has fallen in love with her, but she is repulsed by his grotesque antics and flees. In despair, Petrushka hurls himself at a portrait of the Magician, but only falls through a hole in the wall.
The Third Tableau is the luxurious room of the Blackamoor, who is lying on a divan playing with a coconut. He performs a posturing dance. The Ballerina enters playing a trumpet, and finds the brutal Blackamoor very romantic. The empty-headed banality of the music and of their mutual enchantment makes the tragedy of Petrushka all the more poignant. Consumed with jealousy, Petrushka bursts into the room, heralded by the screaming of muted trumpets, but is driven out by the Blackamoor.
The scene returns to the festive crowd outside for the Fourth Tableau. Various dances overlap. A peasant plays a pipe and leads a bear walking on its hind legs. ...See Full Description
Petrushka Album Track Listing
|1||Petrushka: First Tableau|
|2||Petrushka: Second Tableau|
|3||Petrushka: Third Tableau|
|4||Petrushka: Fourth Tableau|
|5||Soldier's Tale: The Soldier's March|
|6||Soldier's Tale: Little Tunes by the Brook|
|7||Soldier's Tale: Pastoral|
|8||Soldier's Tale: The Royal March|
|9||Soldier's Tale: The Little Concert|
|10||Soldier's Tale: Three Dances|
|11||Soldier's Tale: The Devil's Dance|
|12||Soldier's Tale: Great Chorale|
|13||Soldier's Tale: Triumphal March Of The Devil|
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