Stravinsky - McPhee:
The Rite of Spring(Le Sacre du Printemps)(1911-13, rev.1947)33' Reduced orchestration by Jonathan McPhee (1988)
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for the world.
Stravinsky's first inspiration – ultimately yielding the culminating Danse sacrale – was of "a solemn pagan rite: wise elders, seated in a circle, watching a young girl dance herself to death. They were sacrificing her to propitiate the god of spring." His collaborator Nicholas Roerich – an important painter who was also an archeologist well-versed in folklore – told Diaghilev: "My object is to present a number of scenes of earthly joy and celestial triumph as understood by the Slavs."
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