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| 49 min

This documentary is an informal portrait of the great modern composer Igor Stravinsky. Proudly American, though still very much an Old World figure with a long and alert memory for people and events in music, literature and art, Stravinsky is depicted here conducting the CBC Symphony Orchestra in a recording of his Symphony of Psalms.

  • director
    Roman Kroitor
    Wolf Koenig
  • producer
    Roman Kroitor
  • executive producer
    Tom Daly
  • script
    Donald Brittain
  • camera
    Wolf Koenig
  • editing
    Wolf Koenig
  • sound
    Marcel Carrière
    Ron Alexander
  • sound editing
    Jean-Pierre Joutel


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Ages 14 to 17

Arts Education - Music
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)

Study the 3 periods of Stravinsky’s work (Russian, neo-classical, serial); cite examples and characteristics of each. What does the diversity of Stravinsky’s music tell you about him? View performance of “The Rite of Spring”; identify what caused the audience to riot during its premiere in 1913. Have students make a live recording of their choice; compare to the recording session in the film; how is music recorded today? Compare live/recorded music.

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