In class, we discussed Stravinsky’s deliberate attempts to drain music of romantic/emotional content. We listened to his Octet for Wind Instruments and spoke about what techniques he used to achieve this goal. Was Stravinsky just a heartless robot or did he simply think that “pretty-sounding” music or music that sought to evoke emotion was worth less than strictly mechanical music. Did he think that pretty-sounding music could only be but so complex do to its significant emotional appeal?
Because music is a form of expression, it is closely tied to our emotions. When music is paired with visuals, in the form of music videos, films, ballets, etc… it is repurposed and experienced differently. What would Stravinsky think of the following clips and the iconic songs that accompany them?