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kosmonomad
09-27-2016, 02:21 AM
The Rite of Spring, Vesna Sviashchennaya

An absolutely fantastic restoration by Joffrey Ballet 1987 of the original 1913 work of
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballets_Russes

https://youtu.be/jo4sf2wT0wU

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joffrey_Ballet
and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Diaghilev
huge thank you USian folks, for the excellent outstanding restoration work,
it was the last breaths of the imperial greatrussian culture, before complete destruction.

Riot at the Rite https://youtu.be/JcZ7lfdhVQw

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or

Riot at the Rite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXmdR7p0rI4

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The Rite of Spring by
Stravinskiy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Stravinsky
Nijinskiy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaslav_Nijinsky
Roerich https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Roerich

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rite_of_Spring

Influence and adaptations

The music historian Donald Jay Grout has written : "The Sacre is undoubtedly the most famous composition of the early 20th century ... it had the effect of an explosion that so scattered the elements of musical language that they could never again be put together as before".[19] The academic and critic Jan Smaczny, echoing Bernstein, calls it one of the 20th century's most influential compositions, providing "endless stimulation for performers and listeners".[110][131] According to Kelly the 1913 premiere might be considered "the most important single moment in the history of 20th century music", and its repercussions continue to reverberate in the 21st century.[132] Ross has described The Rite as a prophetic work, presaging the "second avant-garde" era in classical composition—music of the body rather than of the mind, in which "[m]elodies would follow the patterns of speech; rhythms would match the energy of dance ... sonorities would have the hardness of life as it is really lived".[133]

Among 20th-century composers most influenced by The Rite is Stravinsky's near contemporary, Edgard Varèse, who had attended the 1913 premiere. Varèse, according to Ross, was particularly drawn to the "cruel harmonies and stimulating rhythms" of The Rite, which he employed to full effect in his concert work Amériques (1921), scored for a massive orchestra with added sound effects including a lion's roar and a wailing siren.[134][135] Aaron Copland, to whom Stravinsky was a particular inspiration in the former's student days, considered The Rite a masterpiece that had created "the decade of the displaced accent and the polytonal chord".[136] Copland adopted Stravinsky's technique of composing in small sections which he then shuffled and rearranged, rather than working through from beginning to end.[137] Ross cites the music of Copland's ballet Billy the Kid as coming directly from the "Spring Rounds" section of The Rite.[138] For Olivier Messiaen The Rite was of special significance; he constantly analysed and expounded on the work, which gave him an enduring model for rhythmic drive and assembly of material.[139]

After the premiere the writer Leon Vallas opined that Stravinsky had written music 30 years ahead of its time, suitable to be heard in 1940. Coincidentally, it was in that year that Walt Disney released Fantasia, an animated feature film using music from The Rite and other classical compositions, conducted by Stokowski.[132] The Rite segment of the film depicted the Earth's prehistory, with the creation of life, leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs as the finale. Among those impressed by the film was Gunther Schuller, later a composer, conductor and jazz scholar. The Rite of Spring sequence, he says, overwhelmed him and determined his future career in music: "I hope [Stravinsky] appreciated that hundreds—perhaps thousands—of musicians were turned onto The Rite of Spring ... through Fantasia, musicians who might otherwise never have heard the work, or at least not until many years later".[140] In later life Stravinsky claimed distaste for the adaptation, though as Ross remarks, he said nothing critical at the time; according to Ross, the composer Paul Hindemith observed that "Igor appears to love it".[141]

This is how I was looking for more data on Roerich and his heritage in India. It was a wave in the late 1980s. And my personal Renaissance these days.

kosmonomad
09-27-2016, 02:46 AM
And on a lighter note, a more modern Chech pop remix https://youtu.be/uc2h6S4RZcg
of a multi-ethnic commie interpretation of a Russian folk tale Morozko (Rus), Mrazik (Chech)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058374/


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Thanks, on my desktop.

kosmonomad
08-27-2018, 05:27 AM
"Fly on the wings of the wind", an adaptaion from
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWlT_fMIo6s
From the "Sadko" opera
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadko_(opera)
of the mythological cycle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadko