The Rite of Spring is a ballet that premiered in Paris on May 29, 1913. It was written for, and first performed by, the Ballets Russes (The Russian Ballets), which was one of the best known Russian ballet companies of the time. The English title for the ballet is based on the French name, Le sacre du printemp, but the Russian title means “Sacred Spring” in English. Let’s take a look at who composed this famous ballet.
Who Composed The Rite of Spring?
The Rite of Spring was composed by the famous Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was composed between 1912 and 1913 for Russian ballet organizer Sergei Diaghilev. The ballet was choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky who created a completely original style. The original set design and costumes were created by Nicholas Roerich.
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The complex musical composition and previously unseen dance steps caused a riot at the premiere performance. The audience booed loudly at the start of the performance and arguments broke out between those who liked and disliked this new style. Shouting and fistfights followed, which turned into a riot. Eventually the Paris police arrived, but even they couldn’t completely restore the order.
The Rite of Spring is the fourth piece of classical music in the Disney movie Fantasia. Stravinsky received $1,200 for the use of his music in the movie.