The classical bug is biting me again, so today i picked up my old habit, treating myself to an excellent ballet: Stravinsky‘s Petrushka. to be honest, I never realized how exceptional this piece of music truly is until this morning. In fact, until about a year ago, I had tended to avoid ballets all together, in favor of more abstract symphonies. But lately, I’ve discovered that ballets, specifically early-to-mid-20th century ones, seem to blend the stylistic appeal of romantic-era symphonies with the narrative function of late-20th century film scores. Though I’m sure modern film composers have been greatly inspired by their predecessor’s ballet works.
Oh, and visit The Making of a Love Triangle for more than you’d ever want to know about Petrushka.