San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas guides us through the infamous Rite of Spring premiere, the music's longevity and its surprising singability.
Rite Of Spring
Rite Of Spring
Check out our favorite videos from our Rite of Spring call, ranging from beautiful to nutty, live action to stop motion, porcine to feline. No cats, bananas or cyborgs were harmed in the making of these motion pictures — though grass and weeds got what was coming to them.
Composer and pianist Vijay Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava transport Igor Stravinsky's imagined springtime religious ritual to India, where such a celebration is real: the joyous Hindu holiday called Holi. Watch excerpts of the film and hear the entire musical performance.
Composer and artist Stephen Malinowski has created an incredibly illuminating — but very easy to understand — path into exploring Stravinsky's music, thanks to what he calls his "Music Animation Machine."
A 100-year-old ballet, composed by a Russian for a French audience, has become something of a standard in an idiom which didn't exist when it premiered. Whether covered, quoted or praised, Stravinsky's masterwork has inspired multiple generations of improvisers.
Watch the energetic conductor take flight conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky's iconic score. A recently released DVD of a 1966 performance includes an interview with Bernstein, in which he says the famously brutal music "makes a marvelous kind of savage sound."
The aggressively modern ballet premiered in Paris in 1913, and provoked a response just as striking as the music and dance.
Don't know neo-nationalism from neoclassicism? Bone up on the surprisingly multifaceted career of Igor Stravinsky as the 100th anniversary of his iconic Rite of Spring approaches.
Fridays are funner with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.
Not long after his shocking ballet, the composer branched out into a broad range of styles, ushering in new musical trends far from the violent tone of his iconic Rite of Spring.