- 38 1/4 x 17 inches (97 x 43 cm)
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Igor Stravinsky is the Picasso of composers-every phase must have seemed bold, brash, colorful, and even revolutionary in its time. So many musicians have emulated his style subsequently that when one returns to his actual masterworks, they now seem rather familiar, quaint, and even clichéd. The Metropolitan Opera’s Stravinsky, first produced here in 1981, is a triple bill of masterpieces, each showing the composer’s rare ability to present traditional art forms in new and creative ways. Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) is a symphonic ballet while Le Rossignol (The Nightingale) is presented as balletic opera. Oedipus Rex, the most inventive of the trio, is treated as an operatic oratorio. Like great paintings hanging adjacent to each other in a museum, however, each one seems to lose a little of its luster in the presence of the others.