Here is the latest installment in Tim Sparks' Russian Project, a solo guitar version of Igor Stravinsky's "Dance Russe" from his ballet Petrushka, with comments by the guitarist.
composed the music during the winter of 1910-1911 for Sergei Diaghilev's
Ballets Russes," says Sparks. "It was premièred in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet on
13 June 1911. The title role was danced by Vaslav Nijinsky.
work is characterized by the so-called Petrushka chord (consisting of C
major and F♯ major triads played together), a bitonality device
heralding the appearance of the main character. This was a revolutionary
innovation for music in the early 20th century.
chord combines two major triads whose roots are spaced by a tritone. For
instance, a C major triad combined with an F# major triad creates the
"Jazz musicians can think of the Petrushka chord as an altered 7th chord, for example, C7 with flat 9 and sharp 11.
"The painting is by Picasso, 1912."