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Rite that caused riots: celebrating 100 years of The Rite of Spring
The Guardian ^ | 5/27/2013 | Kim Willsher

Posted on 05/29/2013 6:20:53 AM PDT by Borges

Stravinsky's work caused a scandal in 1913 but has since been recognized as one of the 20th century's most important pieces.

The audience, packed into the newly-opened Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to the point of standing room only, had neither seen nor heard anything like it.

As the first few bars of the orchestral work The Rite of Spring – Le Sacre du Printemps – by the young, little-known Russian composer Igor Stravinsky sounded, there was a disturbance in the audience. It was, according to some of those present – who included Marcel Proust, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy – the sound of derisive laughter.

By the time the curtain rose to reveal ballet dancers stomping the stage, the protests had reached a crescendo. The orchestra and dancers, choreographed by the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky, continued but it was impossible to hear the music above what Stravinsky described as a "terrific uproar".

As a riot ensured, two factions in the audience attacked each other, then the orchestra, which kept playing under a hail of vegetables and other objects. Forty people were forcibly ejected.

The reviews were merciless. "The work of a madman … sheer cacophony," wrote the composer Puccini. "A laborious and puerile barbarity," added Le Figaro's critic, Henri Quittard.

It was 29 May 1913. Classical music would never be the same again.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: 1913; ballet; classicalmusic; diaghilev; france; igorstravinsky; lesacreduprintemps; nijinsky; paris; riteofspring; sergeidiaghilev; stravinsky; theriteofspring; vaslavnijinsky
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1 posted on 05/29/2013 6:20:53 AM PDT by Borges
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To: .30Carbine; 1cewolf; 1rudeboy; 31R1O; ADemocratNoMore; afraidfortherepublic; alarm rider; ...

Classical Ping


2 posted on 05/29/2013 6:21:26 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

I have heard some pretty gruesome modern works of “classical music” in my day, but I never felt the urge to RIOT over it! LOL!


3 posted on 05/29/2013 6:23:50 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Borges

I’m really not much of a fan of 20th century “classical” music.

But I LOVE the Rite of Spring. Truly a work of incredibly inspired genius.

My favorite recording of it is the one by Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.


4 posted on 05/29/2013 6:25:00 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: left that other site

You haven’t lived until you’ve heckled a tenor having a rough day at Teatro alla Scala. :)


5 posted on 05/29/2013 6:29:49 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Borges

Rite of Spring is fine, but I don’t think there’s been much since 1913 to get excited about. The pieces written now are movie scores which are typically modeled after 19th century Romanticism, if I’m not mistaken.


6 posted on 05/29/2013 6:30:42 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Borges
"The work of a madman...sheer cacophony"

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"...but great mosh, man!"
7 posted on 05/29/2013 6:30:56 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: 1rudeboy

LOL!

I have heard that there is a big sale in the produce market on debut days.


8 posted on 05/29/2013 6:33:27 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: left that other site
A little over 8 minutes of why some puritanical minds would lose their grip

1913 .. remember.

9 posted on 05/29/2013 6:36:51 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I can't prove it, but they're true)
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To: Borges

“Is not riot, da? Is MOSH PIT!”

}:-)4


10 posted on 05/29/2013 6:43:49 AM PDT by Moose4 (SHALL. NOT. BE. INFRINGED.)
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To: knarf

I can see why it would.

I actually like the music better than the “Choreography”, which looks like a lot of knee bending, squats, and leg spreading. LOL.

Probably “Innovative” and “groundbreaking”, but just not my cup of tea.


11 posted on 05/29/2013 6:56:20 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: 1rudeboy

LOL!


12 posted on 05/29/2013 7:00:17 AM PDT by Savage Beast (The forces of decadence are the forces of evil.)
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To: left that other site

It’s just about never performed as a ballet these days. Just the music.


13 posted on 05/29/2013 7:05:34 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Maceman
I’m really not much of a fan of 20th century “classical” music.

Well, there hasn't been a LOT... but, Copeland wrote some nice works...

And, there's been an explosion of EXCELLENT choral writing.

14 posted on 05/29/2013 7:07:57 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: Borges

The “Ballet” actually detracts from the music (which I Like!).

Of course, others may disagree with me, but that is OK because we are talking about the Arts, which is totally based on Opinion. Everybody has one! LOL!


15 posted on 05/29/2013 7:08:38 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: demshateGod
Prokofief: Romeo and Juliet, 1935

Rachmaninof: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, 1934

Poulenc: Gloria, 1961

Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings, 1936

These come to mind immediately.

16 posted on 05/29/2013 7:15:16 AM PDT by Savage Beast (The forces of decadence are the forces of evil.)
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To: Borges

Actually, “cacophany” is accurate, yet fascinating. The intro invokes nothing more than the orchestra warming up before a play. Stravinsky uses that sense of anticipation and emergence as an auditory metaphor for the dawn.


17 posted on 05/29/2013 7:18:27 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: left that other site

Arthur Rubinstein was 24 years old the night he attended the premiere of “The Rite of Spring” in Paris. Near him in the audience was a man who was so outraged at what he was seeing and hearing that he beat his fists on the bald head of the man sitting in front of him. The owner of the bald head was so outraged that he was unaware that somebody was beating on his head.


18 posted on 05/29/2013 7:26:07 AM PDT by Publius
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To: knarf

I see your point. :)


19 posted on 05/29/2013 7:32:44 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Borges

It’s so easy for modernists to sneer at the notion of being angered by truly brilliant music. I’m more impressed if they can appreciate why music such as this was so dangerous and outrageous; if they can’t, they can neither appreciate why this music is so brilliant.

For centuries, classical music was the domain of the truly civilized, the cultivated. Beauty meant engineering, design, perfection, tradition. Before quantum mechanics and chaos theory, science was set about reducing the secrets of the universe to clock-like predictability. Although this fact has been forgotten, and nature itself emasculated, nature always strives to kill you, as anyone who has actually dwelt in nature, as opposed to merely looking at pictures of polar bears, would know.

Stravinsky found the beauty in the wild, in the creative destruction, in the unplanned, in the chaotic. In doing so, classical music would never be the same. And those who loved what it had been were rightfully alarmed.

The Western church adorned Easter with gold; the Eastern church to which Stravinsky belonged adorned it with live trees. To understand how enormous this social gulf was, understand that the English word, “green” comes from the French word, “grey,” (”gris,” which is pronounced, “gree”) and signifies not life, but death. Green meant the reclamation by the natural (un-Christianized) world through death; but to the East it mean the return to God.


20 posted on 05/29/2013 7:34:07 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: demshateGod

By that, you mean John Williams and his imitators.


21 posted on 05/29/2013 7:39:24 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: dangus

Sweeping Romantic film scores go back to the 1930s.


22 posted on 05/29/2013 7:41:15 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

I’ve heard THE RITE OF SPRING. I would rather not hear it again.

I will take Vivaldi’s THE FOUR SEASONS any day.


23 posted on 05/29/2013 7:43:12 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Borges
Thankfully, Stravinsky was able to escape the theater, and the mob, by climbing out a window (in the bathroom iirc). That’s one account of the evening I’ve read.
24 posted on 05/29/2013 7:43:22 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Borges

True. But by the 1960s, movies were certainly moving away from that. Williams certainly revived and then dominated the Romantic scores.


25 posted on 05/29/2013 7:43:38 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Apples and Oranges?


26 posted on 05/29/2013 7:44:57 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

SREECHING vs SMOOTH.

That is why I never listen to modern ROCK music. It has none of the mellow sounds of the 1950s and early 1960s.


27 posted on 05/29/2013 7:48:29 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

LONG LIVE DOO WOP !!!!!


28 posted on 05/29/2013 7:52:15 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I can't prove it, but they're true)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Do you dislike Beethoven? He wrote a lot of stuff that still sounds very discordant.


29 posted on 05/29/2013 7:52:23 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Publius

LOL.


30 posted on 05/29/2013 7:54:55 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Borges

Indeed.

I remember being a sixth grader raised on Classical Music, and attempting to play “Moonlight Sonata”. I was appalled by a chord that had a half step played together. I thought it was a misprint in the sheet music, but my teacher assured me that Beethoven wrote it that way!


31 posted on 05/29/2013 8:00:04 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Borges
Walt Disney listened to "The Rite of Spring", and in his mind's eye, saw the creation of the earth, the beginnings of life, and the birth and death of the dinosaurs.

Watch what his incredible imagination put together in "Fantasia".

32 posted on 05/29/2013 8:02:14 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Borges

I have his nine symphonies and can listen to them all day long.
Same for Mozart
Wagner
Vivaldi
Rossini
Verdi

And many, many others.


33 posted on 05/29/2013 8:10:10 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: COBOL2Java

***Watch what his incredible imagination put together in “Fantasia”. ***

I saw Fantasia in 1971. I’ll never forget the reaction of a family behind me.

Half way through the movie the woman said...”This is TERRIBLE! I hope they at least show a cartoon!” A little later I noticed they had walked out.


34 posted on 05/29/2013 8:13:48 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Ever hear the Grosse Fugue? It’s as discordant as any contemporary music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s0Mp7LFI-k


35 posted on 05/29/2013 8:15:17 AM PDT by Borges
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To: dangus

“understand that the English word, “green” comes from the French word, “grey,” (”gris,” which is pronounced, “gree”)”

I’m pretty sure it comes from the Germanic “grun”/”groen”.


36 posted on 05/29/2013 8:17:08 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: COBOL2Java

Fantasia was a great disappointment to the movie goers. There were too many expressions of difficult-to-absorb thinking. Not forewarned, movie goers had expected another Disney “classic.”


37 posted on 05/29/2013 8:27:15 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: Borges
***Ever hear the Grosse Fugue? It’s as discordant as any contemporary music.***

Maybe that is why it is gross.;-)

Years ago, on a Classical music radio station, they played some modern symphony that was so bad it mad Rite of Spring sound good! It was torture to listen to it. Kind of like something by THE BLACK ANGELS would do only worse.

I read several years later that some symphony members were trying to sue the company for disability because the sudden change in musical notes caused them “irreparable harm” and stress.

38 posted on 05/29/2013 8:30:45 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Half way through the movie the woman said...”This is TERRIBLE! I hope they at least show a cartoon!” A little later I noticed they had walked out.

LOL! Oh dear. I wonder if she made it through "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"...

39 posted on 05/29/2013 8:31:02 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Grosse means Grand :)


40 posted on 05/29/2013 8:32:46 AM PDT by Borges
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To: COBOL2Java

***”The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”..****

I noticed they were gone before that.


41 posted on 05/29/2013 8:33:03 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: dangus

Yes.


42 posted on 05/29/2013 8:45:52 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Savage Beast

Hopefully I communicated some level of ignorance in my original post.


43 posted on 05/29/2013 8:47:26 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Borges

Yes, indeed, today is the day!


44 posted on 05/29/2013 9:32:24 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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which is totally based on Opinion”

Totally?

Well..that is an opinion, I suppose....


45 posted on 05/29/2013 9:33:20 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: SomeCallMeTim

And, there’s been an explosion of EXCELLENT choral writing.”

Morten Lauridsen.....


46 posted on 05/29/2013 9:40:45 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

Totally.

LOL

But that of course, is just my opinion.


47 posted on 05/29/2013 9:50:49 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: COBOL2Java; All

Anyone that likes “Fantasia” ought to love “Allegro Non Troppo” an Italian parody of Fantasia. It has great animations set to beautiful music. I highly recommend it.

For more information, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegro_Non_Troppo

My favorite segment is Ravel’s “Bolero”, a visual masterpiece, the film’s counterpart to “The Rite of Spring”. It represents a funny take on the origins of life and evolution.


48 posted on 05/29/2013 10:23:29 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic

The “Bolero” segment from “Allegro Non Troppo”. Be sure to watch it the highest resolution.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6aM7st6Xsw


49 posted on 05/29/2013 10:53:25 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Boogieman

Interesting; my source was a presentation about how cultures differentiate between basic colors in a certain pattern. (Grey-green splits vs. Blue-green splits). But the online etymology agrees with you.


50 posted on 05/29/2013 12:32:43 PM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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