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First Nights - Beethoven's 9th Symphony and the 19th Century Orchestra (edX)

Learn about Beethoven’s monumental 9th Symphony and forms of orchestral music. Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony premiered in Vienna in 1824, and continues to be one of the most popular symphonies in the repertoire. The monumental symphony’s size and complexity stretches traditional instrumental forms to the breaking point, and [...]

First Nights - Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: Modernism, Ballet, and Riots (edX)

Learn the fascinating history of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, one of the most challenging and rewarding ballets ever written. Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, sparking a riot and screaming so loud that the dancers could not hear the orchestra, and the [...]