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First edition sheet music cover. Wikisource has sheet music: Elite Syncopations.
It begins in [F major], and modulates to [B-flat major] at the beginning of the C section, where it remains until the end of the piece. In addition, many parts of the piece are somewhat chromatic, especially section A. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This article is about the Scott Joplin rag. For the ballet of the same name, see Elite Syncopations ballet. Joplin — ". Mutopia Project.argo-karaganda.kz/scripts/pyquhah/1557.php
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The music, originally intended for female adolescents dreading the sacrifice to come, is mournful, ominous. Big brother returns in combat uniform, an inquisitor prepared to torture for his beliefs.
The woman reappears in black. She represents the faith that divides families, tribes, nations; she is a femme fatale , La Mort who drives men to the end of their tether. Big brother, having hooded and beaten up his infidel sibling, turns his back on him.
Goaded by the woman, young brother hurls himself up the ramps of the set, flailing his arms as he curses her, his brother, the world, as the orchestra goes berserk. Devernay, impassive, stalks along the top of the walls like the Roland Petit incarnation of death on the rooftops of Paris. As her victim collapses at the end of his protracted battering, she vanishes — a treacherous fantasy.
Hampson has aimed at recreating something of the shock of the original pagan sacrifice by reminding us of present-day brutality in the guise of religious or political extremism.
But the triangular rivalry remains gripping throughout the various phases of the score, played for this version with more ferocity than subtlety. The levels of violence are indeed shocking. Rarely are dancers scrutinised by so many spectators on stage as well as in the auditorium.