On this day 104 years ago the young composer, Igor Stravinsky, made music history in Paris. The event was the premiere of the ballet The Rite of Spring. Like his earlier work for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, it was experimental and revolutionary. When combined with primitive choreography and a human sacrifice theme audiences were either dazzled or infuriated.
|Photo from 1913 showing original costumes|
Some say the most productive experiments often make the biggest messes. The genius and madman in Stravinsky would be pleased.
Photos and Illustrations:
public domain photo from First Nights: Five Musical Premieres by Thomas F. Kelly. Yale University Press, New Haven 2000.
Igor Stravinsky entry, wikipedia.org