On May 29, 2013, The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) by Igor Stravinsky turned 100. On that day, in Paris, in 1913, was the premiere of his ballet. I partied hard that day, sharing many links on my own Facebook page to celebrate. Here, I share them with you.
Original manuscript of the opening of The Rite of Spring. The bassoon line is the 4th stave down from the top, composed very high in the range for this instrument.
I was enthralled by this scene from Disney’s Fantasia (1940) as a child (little did I know I’d grow up to be an I.S. geek). I will be showing it to my youmng piano students today to tell them about Stravinsky. But it is *not* from Stravinsky’s original score; as the story goes (via Professor John Heiss @ NEC), Stravinsky arrived at Disney’s studio, with his score in hand, and was told (paraphrased), “Oh, Mr. Stravinsky, we won’t be needing that.” (They had of course hacked his Rite all to pieces.) Reportedly, he never collaborated on another film again.