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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’s “The Rite of Spring,” 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 ‘enfant terrible’ Stravinsky. Our guest, composer DAVID LUDWIG, is with the Curtis Institute of Music. He’ll join us in the studio to discuss the work’s history, construction, interpretation and influence.

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