Flashcards in Petrushka (Igor Stravinsky) Deck (10):
written by Stravinsky and Alexandre Benois, influenced by Russian folk tradition
large orchestra with expanded percussion section (piano, xylophone, celesta)
the Showman and three puppets: Petrushka, the Ballerina, the Moor
St. Petersburg in the 1830's
structure of work
4 tableaus (1: Shrovetide fair, 2: Petrushka's room, 3: the Moor's room, 4. Shrovetide fair)
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.