Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I Predict a Riot: The Rite of Spring Centennial

May 29 marks the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. The Paris premiere of the groundbreaking work notoriously spawned a riot. We'll be seeing more about this at Berklee in the coming months. The library has pre-ordered the new centenary edition, a 3-volume set containing a facsimile of the autograph full score, a facsimile of the version for piano four-hands, and a collection of 18 essays. Berklee will also be presenting a concert and symposium on it in the fall.

To sate your Rite of Spring appetite, NPR has a collection of pieces about the work and its influence. The library has scores, recordings, and books about this 20th century musical landmark.

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