Let Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director of the San Fransisco Symphony, guide you through Stravinsky’s amazing Rite of Spring. Exceptionally well done.
Not exactly what you’d expect from a Russian Ballet, especially a hundred years ago. The year was 1913. Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was receiving it’s premiere performance. His music condered up a primitive world of tribal sacrifices, not exactly “Swan Lake”. It was a primal, loud, rockeous, seamingly chaotic piece, totally unexpected to the audiences ears. It was a burst of creative power that shook music to it’s foundations. Little did anyone know that this would be a defining moment in the history of music.
Oh and they have Beethoven (Eroica) and Copland too!
Thanks Ursi, who runs a very nice blog.