The clown, the factory and the idyll

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For our final session of the term we have some rather black Russian farce, a visit to a factory (it’s the Five Year Plan, you know) and a chance to hear Daphnis and Chloe in its entirety.

Prokofiev’s two ballets for Diaghilev are very different: the first, Chout, tells a comic but very bloodthirsty tale of an uxoricidal buffoon; while the second, Pas d’acier, is set in the industrial hurly-burly of a Soviet steelworks…

Course materials:

Daphnis et Chloé, Part 1

Daphnis et Chloé, Part 2

Daphnis et Chloé, Part 3

Lydian

Cycle of 5ths

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