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Le Sacre Du Printemps ( The Rite Of Spring )

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Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Igor Stravinsky was born June 17, 1882 in Oranienbaum, Russia. While studying law, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, a Russian composer and the most influential member of the composer group known as The Five. Korsakov allegedly told him he should study music. He continued to study under Korsakov his death in 1908. Stravinsky never had another teacher but caught the likes of many Russian composers like Sergei Diaghilev, impresario of the famed Ballets Russes, who allowed him to compose a ballet. Among his other compositions nothing compared to his next one under Diaghilev. The result was the voluptuous and impressionistic, The Firebird in 1910, and later in 1911, Petrushka. His next ballet would “ignite the most famous riot in the history of music. With its savage rhythms, absence of melody, and barbaric energy, The Rite of Spring marks the true beginnings of Twentieth Century music, and even today never fails to thrill or amaze listeners” (Sherrane).
While he was composing The Firebird, Stravinsky had a sudden visual idea, a scene of pagan ritual in which a chosen sacrificial virgin danced herself to death. Naturally such an image invites the creation of a ballet to bring the dance to life. However, before put the vision to reality he had another vision about a sassy yet sad little puppet from Russian street fairs; Petrushka. Eventually, the ancient images of Russia would come back to him and would enjoy the popularity of people all the way
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