Classical Sunday: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

It’s such beautiful spring weather, let’s have some spring music to go with it!

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Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester

The Rite of Spring is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.   The video above is the concert version.

The Rite of Spring was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company, and when it was first performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 29 May 1913, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a sensation.

Stravinsky was a young, virtually unknown composer when Diaghilev recruited him to create works for the Ballets Russes.  The ‘Rite’ was the third such project, after the acclaimed ‘Firebird’ (1910) and ‘Petrushka’ (1911).

Stravinsky’s score contains many novel features for its time, and has influenced many of the 20th-century’s leading composers.   It is one of the most recorded works in the classical repertoire.


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