Stravinsky & Copland: Ballet Contributions and Styles


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What did Igor Stravinsky do in ballets such as his 1911 Petrushka that both challenged traditional assumptions about ballet and reaffirmed Russian national identity?

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1. How is polytonality defined?

2. Which Aaron Copland ballet takes place in rural Pennsylvania, and is about American pioneers?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Russia is the country that often comes to mind when people think about ballet. Igor Stravinsky is one of the most iconic names in ballet. However, an American, Aaron Copland, also had many contributions to ballet and did so with a unique point of view from his Russian counterparts. Quiz questions will test your knowledge on these two names in ballet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on the following:

  • How Stravinsky challenged traditional assumptions of ballet
  • Definition of polytonality
  • Common themes of Copland's works
  • How Copland captured the frontier in his music
  • What Stravinsky and Copland had in common

Skills Practiced

By using these assessment tools, students will be able to practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the themes of Stravinsky and Copland's music to answer quiz questions
  • Information recall - apply your knowledge about the famous works of Stravinsky and Copland
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of polytonality to explain the term

Additional Learning

By reviewing the lesson Stravinsky & Copland: Ballet Contributions and Styles, you will learn more about the following:

  • Types of music used in Petrushka
  • Why police needed to be present during The Rite of Spring
  • Types of characters that Copland used that were unique to ballet at that time