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Microsoft Multimedia Stravinsky:
The Rite of Spring is an insightful exploration of this passionate and powerful piece, the innovative ballet that gave it visual expression, and the artistic milieu that influenced its creation. Enter the mysterious, primordial past of Le Sacre du Printemps and feel the full force of Stravinsky's genius - it's an incredible, captivating learning experience!
Immerse yourself in Stravinsky's world. Stravinsky's World takes you from Russia in the late 1800's to the avant-garde Paris of the early 1900's to Hollywood in the 1960's revealing the events and influences that shaped Stravinsky's life and work.
Discover the dance. The Rite as Dance focuses on the original 1913 Paris Production of The Rite of Spring. You'll soon understand how the combination of the innovative choreography of Sergei Diaghilev and Stravinsky's music gave the artistic world, in the words of Robert Winter, "a jolt from which it has never fully recovered."
Learn the Rite stuff! Learning is the most enjoyable when you can use your new-found knowledge, and The Rite Game lets you do just that. A game for one to four players, The Rite Game will test you on varied topics and at varied skill levels with questions about the music and passages from the CD. Answer the difficult questions correctly, and you'll move ahead faster. Here's hoping you get more "rite" than wrong!
Experience the awakening of nature. Music scholar Robert Winter's commentary gives an evocative interpretation so passionately and powerfully descriptive, you'll feel you're seeing the music as well as hearing it. A Close Reading offers a continuous, real-time commentary with the music, Rite Listening explores motifs and concepts common in Stravinsky's works, Stravinsky's Orchestra guides you through the instruments used in The Rite of Spring, and Pocket Audio Guide provides a single-screen overview of the entire performance so you can listen instantaneously to any one section.
For those who try to explain music, and for those who want to understand it, the technology underlying this product represents a striking breakthrough, one that offers us an opportunity to abolish forever the arbitrary distinction between education and entertainment. -Robert Winter.
MPC or compatible with 386SX or higher microprocessor, 2 MB of RAM, 30-MB hard disk, CD-ROM drive, audio board and VGA display, MS Windows operating system version 3.1 or later, MS-DOS operating system version 3.1 or later, Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device, Headphones or speakers.
PC Magazine, September 13, 1994
"Not all symphonic music has a calming effect. Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, for example, caused a riot when it was first performed in 1913. Ever since then, audiences have found this seminal composition interesting but often difficult. On Microsoft Multimedia Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, UCLA music professor Robert Winter manages to make The Rite of Spring much more accessible.
"Employing an array of multimedia techniques, Winter offers insights and brings a cohesion to Stravinsky's famous work that listeners might not otherwise discover. There's an aural tour of the orchestra, notes on Nijinsky's ballet, a biographical sketch of the composer, and even a game.
"Relatively sophisticated classical music buffs will appreciate Winter's close analysis, which takes you through Charles Dutoit's Montreal Symphony Orchestra performance note by note and instrument by instrument."
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