1812 Overture by Pyotr Tchaikovsky I grew up in a household where classical music was an everyday occurrence. My father would sit down possible suitors and grill them about who the composer was, the era in which the piece was written and any other odd and obscure fact my father could come up with to completely embarrass the young man. It was also my father’s love of classical music that helped me to pursue playing the flute. I learned to play in fifth grade and continue to play even today. One of the things I have been very talented at doing is taking a piece of music and picking out the tune without sheet music.
The works of both Gershwin and Stravinsky particularly Rhapsody in Blue and Histoire de Soldat epitomize, in their respective time periods music at the cusp of musical progress. Stravinsky was an accomplished composer of his time period, while many questioned him and his changes in style. But many of his changes, musically speaking, throughout his lifetime emulate or better yet display his progressive nature in music. Many critics of his era had criticized him for a surplus of variation in regards to style, notably Theodor Adorno in regards to his distaste for Stravinsky neoclassicist works. “Stravinsky's place as a seminal figure in 20th‐cent.
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