Post by Laihendi
Laihendi was listening to his famous ballet Rite of Spring
(1913) (and still is) as this happened. While going to google, he noticed that it was showing this
design. Upon mousing over, it said "Happy Birthday Igor Stravinsky", and after clicking it, it did a google search of him.
Laihendi just wanted everyone to know that today is the anniversary of the birth of the most influential composer of the 20th century. Stravinsky's wikipedia page!
Video of Rite of Spring WITH DANCE! (but poor sound quality) - Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
For those of you interested in the "riot" at it's premier:
In the high days of the Belle Époque, the public attending this premiere was so scandalised by the brutal sounds produced by the orchestra and the evocation of a blood sacrifice on stage that a riot broke out. A shower of bad press and criticism followed, but Stravinsky kept aloof, as if he knew that overnight he had become the most famous composer of the 20th century. He would never have to return to scandalous music again; he moved to chamber music and the neoclassical style for the next few years, nothing that could upset large audiences. From what he said years later, he appeared certain that none were better than him at exploiting a scandal for success.
The complex music and violent dance steps depicting fertility rites first drew catcalls and whistles from the crowd. At the start with the opening bassoon solo, the audience began to boo loudly due to the slight discord in the background notes behind the bassoon's opening melody. There were loud arguments in the audience between supporters and opponents of the work. These were soon followed by shouts and fistfights in the aisles. The unrest in the audience eventually degenerated into a riot. The Paris police arrived by intermission, but they restored only limited order. Chaos reigned for the remainder of the performance, and Stravinsky himself was so upset on account of its reception that he fled the theater in mid-scene, reportedly crying. Fellow composer Camille Saint-Saëns famously stormed out of the première (though Stravinsky later said "I do not know who invented the story that he was present at, but soon walked out of, the premiere.") allegedly infuriated over the misuse of the bassoon in the ballet's opening bars.
He wrote many other famous pieces as well... so for the sake of this thread not being locked, Laihendi invites you to discuss Stravinsky!*The dancing doesn't start until about 2:45 on the first video linked.