Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Rite of Spring at DCPL!

Remember watching Fantasia as a kid? And did you ever get frightened by the piece with an evolving earth complete with a hungry T-Rex roaming the planet? Well, the music for that animation was Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du Printemps or The Rite of Spring (score: M785.11 S913R; CD: 784.2155 S913P3).

This Thursday, January 7th, you can hear it LIVE at our monthly Brown Bag Recital. Pianists Ralitza Patcheva and Carlos Rodriguez perform Stravinsky's arrangement of The Rite of Spring for Piano Duet. The concert is at 12 pm in A-5 at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, and it's FREE!

The ballet, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, was premiered in Paris in 1913 and caused a riot in the audience. The composer Camille Saint-Saens walked out, along with many other prominent classical musicians and critics of the times. It has become famous for its sophisticated rhythms, modern timbres, and dissonant harmonies. If you would like to read up on it beforehand, take a look at Stravinsky: the Rite of Spring (784.2155 H647) by Peter Hill.

image: Igor Stravinsky, 1946

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