Happy 100th, Rite of Spring!

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May 29, 2013 marks the centenary of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Whether you love it or hate it, Rite of Spring paved the path of classical music in the 21st century. It’s a roller coaster ride of a piece, so if you are unfamiliar with it, today is a great day to give it a try!  (That image above is a hat tip to Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, by the way. Another must!)

People the world over are celebrating the occasion, so we’ve compiled a a few resources to help you immerse yourself in a little Rite of Spring Blitz.

First up, our latest podcast! It’s only four minutes and change and is full of Rite of Spring and Stravinsky Trivia.

Upon logging back in to add in a YouTube video of an animated score of the piece (which I forgot to include the first time), I see that Stephen has added links in the comments section below, too! Thanks, Stephen! Here’s part 1:

If your interest is piqued and you’re ready to hear more of this intriguing work, here’s an anniversary box set complete with 38 Rite of Spring recordings. Yes, 38!!

Oh, but you want to listen live? There’s a station for that! Q2 Music is doing an on-air Stravinsky Festival in honor of the Rite of Spring centenary.

And if it was really the trivia you wanted more of, here is NPR’s cocktail party guide to Stravinsky. Awesome!

How are you celebrating Stravinsky and The Rite of Spring today? Let us know!


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