Cross Currents in Russian Literature, Film and Music
Friday, February 18, 2011
Rite of Spring
In many ways Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is the gift that keeps on giving, even if Parisians in 1913 had no way of knowing this when the audience broke out into riot over the premiere of what would become Stravinsky's signature work. I thought Jan Kounen captured the riotous atmosphere quite well in the opening sequence of his movie. Here is a link to the production by the Joffrey Ballet in 1987, which presented the ballet as it was seen in 1913. And, here is a copy of the musical score.