Certainly no other piece of classical music has been written about as much as has Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” But since its premiere in May, 1913, Nijinsky’s choreography was almost immediately forgotten (or suppressed). But in 1987 the Joffrey Ballet presented a marvelous reconstruction, and their performance was broadcast on PBS. The tape of that original reconstruction has […]
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Thomas Kelley is one of the world’s greatest teachers. Prove me wrong. Here is his lecture on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”, courtesy of Harvard (where he teaches, among other things, music appreciation). And after you’ve watched this, of course for free, go and buy his book, “First Nights”. It’s marvelous.
“These are some of the most revolutionary notes in the whole history of music, the climax of the sacrificial dance of the “Rite of Spring.” So begins Michael Tilson Thomas’ and the San Franscicso Orchestra’s “Keeping Score”, an hour long film about this piece. Most people tend to forget that the “Rite of Spring” is […]