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Presentation Title

A Historic Analysis of Igor Stravinsky's Variations: "Aldous Huxley in Memoriam"

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Garrett Pluhar-Schaeffer '14Follow

Location

Library 221

Abstract

Igor Stravinsky wrote Variations: “Aldous Huxley in Memoriam” in 1963/4. Huxley and Stravinsky were close friends, and it makes sense that Stravinsky would honor Huxley in this way. Historical records reveal that the Variations had been begun before Huxley died. The relationship between Huxley and Stravinsky was important to both men, and the Variations, often neglected among Stravinsky's later works, is important and indicative of Stravinsky’s unwavering aesthetic beliefs. In this presentation I play a recording of Stravinsky’s Variations and follow with an analysis of the structure and discuss the historic and philosophical elements that are important for understanding this piece.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 10:40 AM

End Date

4-9-2013 11:00 AM

Panel

Panel: Sound and Vision

Panel Moderator

Cynthia Hahn

Field of Study for Presentation

Music

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Apr 9th, 10:40 AM Apr 9th, 11:00 AM

A Historic Analysis of Igor Stravinsky's Variations: "Aldous Huxley in Memoriam"

Library 221

Igor Stravinsky wrote Variations: “Aldous Huxley in Memoriam” in 1963/4. Huxley and Stravinsky were close friends, and it makes sense that Stravinsky would honor Huxley in this way. Historical records reveal that the Variations had been begun before Huxley died. The relationship between Huxley and Stravinsky was important to both men, and the Variations, often neglected among Stravinsky's later works, is important and indicative of Stravinsky’s unwavering aesthetic beliefs. In this presentation I play a recording of Stravinsky’s Variations and follow with an analysis of the structure and discuss the historic and philosophical elements that are important for understanding this piece.