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      The Rite of Spring: Stravinsky Double Bill in Melbourne

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      July 18, 2019 - July 20, 2019


      100 St Kilda Rd
      Melbourne, Victoria 3004

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      The Rite of Spring: Stravinsky Double Bill

      Paris, 29 May 1913: a now-legendary riot breaks out amongst the audience as Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes unveils its brand new work, The Rite of Spring, Nijinsky’s tale of human sacrifice with a brutal, elemental score from Igor Stravinsky. Listening expectantly as the snake-charming bassoon uncoils its forlorn melody – based on a Lithuanian Wedding song – the crowd is confronted by a pack of knock-kneed dancers running around the stage in vibrant Russian folk costumes.

      From the pit comes an accompaniment of off-kilter rhythms, dissonant eruptions and mood-swinging dynamics. The audience explodes into a cacophony of booing and catcalling, fighting and scuffling in the aisles. It was a musical revolution akin to what Beethoven’s Eroica had done a century before.

      Twenty years later, Stravinsky created another ‘rite of spring’ around the fertility myth about the arrival of spring. This is the story of Perséphone, Goddess of Spring and Queen of the Underworld, whose annual descent brings the winter months whilst her compassionate return to life on earth brings spring.

      This concert by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Choir, National Boys Choir and Australian Girls Choir features surtitles.

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