Here you can listen to a musicologist talking on National Public Radio about “Le Sacre”.
My festival in my native town Växjö will feature a concert with two Steinway grand pianos on stage, and on Friday, October 4, me and Shan-shan Sun will perform the pieces we could not last year due to her foot injury.
First we will play Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, a piece of such incredible beauty.
Then: one of the most important and exciting works in the history of music: Le Sacre de Printemps, or in English, Rite of Spring.
Here are Stravinsky’s own words: “The first bars of the prelude… at once evoked derisive laughter. I was disgusted. These demonstrations, at first isolated, soon became general, provoking counter-demonstrations and very quickly developing into a terrific uproar.”
At the end of the performance, Stravinsky became fearful for his safety, prompting him to crawl through a dressing-room window into the anonymity of the street crowd.
We will finish with the ever wonderful “Nutcracker” suite by Tchaikovsky.
You can read more about the festival here (in Swedish only though):