100 Years Ago Today, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring Changed Music Forever

When Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring made its public debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on May 29, 1913, it was not received well by the audience.  In fact, there was a riot.  The audience hated it that much.

It was just too different, to avant-garde, too…modern for people to handle.  But in the process, The Rite of Spring laid down the foundations for modern muisc.  

Curious?  The Guardian looks back.  And as you read, have a listen to what all the fuss was about.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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