Doodle a Day: There’s a certain pattern I’m starting to notice with Stravinsky


And that’s not even going into his opera’s…


Doodle a Day: You’re telling me this hasn’t happened ONCE during a ‘Les Noces’ production?


So there’s an early scene in the Modernist ballet of Stravinsky’s Les Noces, a.k.a. The Wedding, a.k.a the most terrifying fictional wedding to ever be composed, where they show the bride being prepared, including braiding her hair which is/was an important tradition in provincial Russian weddings of that time. This is shown and emphasized by having everyone dance about and around her hair, the length of which rivals Rapunzel, and meanwhile I’m sitting there thinking ‘someone is going to trip and break a neck.’ At several moments I cringe as their feet nudge ever closer to those braids lying around. This ballet has been a thing since the 1920s so surely, somewhere out there in the many¬† rehearsals and matinees, it must have happened just once. My inner Schadenfreude is begging for it to be.


‘Well, I managed to make Springtime terrifying, what’s next?’

Doodle a Day: Stravinsky week


So this week rather than work up to one big strip at the end I’m going to do a couple, starting with a bunch based on one of my favourite classical musicians Igor Stravinsky. Why Stravinsky? (Shrug), seen a couple of the ballets and got a few more doodle ideas than normal – it might go on beyond a week. It turns out being an Avant-garde musician comes with perils, for instance, did you know that after immigrating to America in 1944, Stravinsky decided to compose a version of “The Star Spangled Banner” to honour the country that had been so accommodating to him? He decided to add one more chord than the usual arrangement, a dominant seventh one, to give the piece a little more oompth.

The Boston police decided that this was in violation of the current law stating that “The Star Spangled Banner,” must never be tampered with. I’m not sure if Stravinsky knew this or not, but I prefer to think that he did.*


*Because Yolo