Tuesday, January 3, 2017

I Don't Think Kylian Actually Read Psalm 150

Yes, here I am , Stravinsky snob, rude and acerbic, wrong a lot but not about some things.

Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms" is maybe my 4th favorite piece.  Well...the chorus just sucks you so suddenly from the intensity and darkness of the work. But...that's Stravinsky.   He will take Psalm 150, make it very dark musically, then reel it back into the love and praise of the Lord.

Check it out.  Psalm 150:

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.  Alleluia.

It is a song of PRAISE, praise to the Lord through music. So what the HELL is this mess:

At minute 1:18 you will hear the transition, the signature of Stravinsk, as the music falls out of the dark and into this celestial event so beautiful it can make you cry.  Like the last 2 minutes of The Firebird.  For the large part "Symphony of Psalms" is dark and foreboding but nevertheless he is composing a song of praise.  He added a minor chord to the "National Anthem" before a Red Sox game and it was in the papers for 3 weeks.  If Red Sox fans can hear Stravinsky in one note...how did Kylian miss them all?

And...what's with the chairs? And dancing that looks like something pulled out of Pina Bausch's trash?  Pina, by the way, is probably the only artist who could have laid hands on this and make it amazing.

Ok here you go: the final chorus from a Symphony of Psalms performance.  Trust me...you will be moved.

We all love Kylian's Petit Mort and Six Dances and on and on though he is a bit of an asshole when it comes to posting his ballets on Youtube.  Ok...we love Kylian.  But he blew it here.  Imagine what he could have accomplished with softer angles and an absence of male/female pairing.  Softness in the darker space, and less in the lighter space...

Earlier I mentioned the last 2 1/2 minutes of the Firebird?  I will never understand what the HELL Fokine was doing in those 2 minutes of brilliance. A gang of royalty kissing and walking up stairs?  It's like today's equivalent of filming people loading their groceries into a minivan.

I should have studied dance instead of giving up because my boobs were too big.  I should have stayed with music theory instead of giving up because...because. My opinions would carry a lot more weight if I were a choreographer and not just some asshole who sits in judgment of Massine and Kylian and when I get to Kenneth MacMillan it's going to be a blood bath.  It reminds me of a 1970's sci-fi abortion that no one wants to admit to having been in.

Damn it.  I am giving it away.  Blessings,