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Flashcards in Petrushka (Igor Stravinsky) Deck (10):
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date

1911

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genre

ballet

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choreographer

Michel Fokine

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storyline

written by Stravinsky and Alexandre Benois, influenced by Russian folk tradition

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performing forces

large orchestra with expanded percussion section (piano, xylophone, celesta)

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principal characters

the Showman and three puppets: Petrushka, the Ballerina, the Moor

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setting

St. Petersburg in the 1830's

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structure of work

4 tableaus (1: Shrovetide fair, 2: Petrushka's room, 3: the Moor's room, 4. Shrovetide fair)

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plot summary

the Showman dazzles audiences at the fair with his 3 puppets who he brings to life; Petrushka, locked away, feels frustrated with the Showman and the Ballerina, and tries to escape; the Moor chases Petrushka outside (they both love the Ballerina), and he kills him. Petrushka's ghost taunts the Showman.

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review and reflection

uses pentatonic scale, polychords (Petrushka chord)