Celebrating 100 years of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring
April 24, 2013
GUEST: DAVID LUDWIG
This May marks the 100th anniversary of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Rite of Spring,‚ÄĚ performed by the Ballets Russes at the Theatre de Champs-Elysees in Paris. The score to a ballet borrowed from Russian folk tunes and celebrated a human sacrifice. Its debut caused a near riot in the theater. ¬†Nonetheless, the music set the stage for the rest of the century and thrived internationally in the hands and hearts of many conductors, including the ‚Äėenfant terrible‚Äô Stravinsky. Our guest, composer DAVID LUDWIG, is with the Curtis Institute of Music. He‚Äôll join us in the studio to discuss the work‚Äôs history, construction, interpretation and influence.