But before you do so, listen to the music. Can this:
Really stand up in comparison to the Rite:
Or even Petrouchka:
I don't think Stravinsky knew where to go after the Rite. He had burned through such an incredible amount of creative energy between 1910 and 1913 that perhaps he had nothing left. Neo-classicism as practiced by Stravinsky was a kind of retreat from the first eruption of modernism which would not be significantly advanced on until after the Second World War.
I am not biased in favor of modernism as a rule, but the incredible brilliance of Stravinsky's early ballets is undeniable, I think. Pulcinella was initially received as a bit of a joke and certainly, coming from the composer of the Rite of Spring, it is at the very least, incongruous:
Honestly, doesn't that sound like slightly woozy Handel?
Please, weigh in in the comments. I would love to hear what my readers think.