Helena Baillie and Tanya Gabrielian: "Out of the Abyss: Stravinsky and Schnittke Reframe the Past in Pulcinella and Suite in the Old Style"
Introduced by Thomas Bartscherer
Part of the ROSTRUM series, hosted by The Language and Thinking Program at Bard College languageandthinking.bard.edu/
Helena Baillie, violin, and Tanya Gabrielian, piano, performed in Olin Hall on the Bard campus on August 23, 2013.
In this concert lecture, Helena Baillie and Tanya Gabrielian explore how Igor Stravinsky and Alfred Schnittke recast music of the Baroque period through a 20th-century lens, using modern techniques such as irregular rhythmic patterns and chromaticism within the structure and tonality of 18th century music. After applying the constraints of Baroque forms through stylized dance patterns and the tonal progressions of a basso continuo, Stravinsky and Schnittke inserted subtle, playful and often ironic references to the language of 20th-century music, thus asserting their creative freedom within a narrowly established framework.