designs were remarkable not merely for their expressivity but
also for their vibrant color. This is the design for Act 1 of
Petrushka, which takes place during the Shrovetide carnival.
Compare Benois' depiction of the scene with that of Kustodiev.
In the central part of the background, one can see the Admiralty
spire, which identifies the setting of the ballet as St. Petersburg.
Note the stage within a stage at the center. It is from behind
the blue curtain that the Magician will summon the puppets of
the Moor, the Ballerina, and Petrushka to life.
Listen to an excerpt from the folksong "Along
the Peter Road" (as arranged by Rachmaninoff) Listen to
of the same melodic material in Act 4 of Petrushka. (To listen
to these files, you must download the free the RealAudio
Player and install it on your computer.)