Cornish Steve Posted April 7, 2022 Report Share Posted April 7, 2022 A few days ago, I came across this recording online of 'The Rite of Spring', and it's very well done. As background for those unfamiliar with classical music, this music by Stravinsky, written in 1913, coupled by ballet choreography by Nijinsky, was so revolutionary that during its first performance, in Paris, fist fights broke out among the audience. It depicts a prehistoric ritual climaxing with a human sacrifice. There are some awesome productions of the ballet itself available on YouTube, including a BBC documentary film entitled 'Riot at the Rite'. (The final frenzied dance of the sacrificial victim is gripping to watch.) If you don't fancy listening to the whole 35 minutes of this performance, may I recommend three one-minute excerpts starting at 10:30, at 15:00, and at 24:00. This will introduce you to the power of this work. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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