Igor Stravinsky's Octet for Wind Instruments is a significant work in the composer's career. To create a successful performance of the Octet from the beginning (studying and rehearsing) to the end (performance), one needs to examine three topics for an understanding and performance of the piece: instrumentation, analysis, and criticism.
First, the background and its unique instrumentation will be discussed. Second, the analysis of the work and its style will focus on its form, unifying characteristics of the movements, and neo-classical elements. Last, the investigation of the criticism regarding the Octet will illuminate what makes it a particularly significant work and will examine issues with the neo-classical label.
In conclusion, a study of the instrumentation, analysis, and criticism is required in order to prepare an informed performance of the Octet. These elements will all be discussed and related to the process of preparing the work from “beginning to end.”
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
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