Thursday, May 29, 2014

Premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring ~ May 29, 1913

Nicholas Roerich's set design for the first act set for The Rite of Spring:

The Rite of Spring, commonly referred to by its original French title, Le Sacre du Printemps (Russian: Весна священная, Vesna svyashchennaya) is a ballet with music by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, original choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, and original set design and costumes by archaeologist and painter Nicholas Roerich, all under impresario Serge Diaghilev. The music's innovative complex rhythmic structures, timbres, and use of dissonance have made it a seminal 20th century composition. The scandal of a riot at its 1913 Paris premiere made it one of the most internationally well-known and controversial works in performance history.

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