Music GCSE: Stravinsky, Russian music and modernism

In this short film Howard Goodall finds out how Igor Stravinksy's spiky, aggressive, complicated music took the musical establishment by storm in the early 20th century.

Includes extracts from Stravinsky's Petrushka and The Rite of Spring.

This short film is from the BBC series, Howard Goodall's Story of Music.

Teacher Notes

This short film presents Debussy, Mahler and Stravinsky as radicals of their day.

Discuss with the students who they consider to be today's radical musicians. What would they have to do today to be radical?

This could lead to a short composition task where the students aim to create a radical composition.

What instruments could be used to reinterpret these composers' work for a contemporary audience?

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be useful for teaching music, particularly in the areas of music history, notation, composition, music theory and understanding styles.

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Saint-Saëns and developments in French composition
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Debussy, world music and impressionism
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Shostakovich and the effects of Nazi rule on composers
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