From the Library: Riotous Repeat

The com­plex music and vio­lent dance steps depict­ing fer­til­i­ty rites first drew cat­calls and whis­tles from the crowd. At the start with the open­ing bas­soon solo, the audi­ence began to boo loud­ly due to the slight dis­cord in the back­ground notes behind the bas­soon’s open­ing melody. There were loud argu­ments in the audi­ence between sup­port­ers and oppo­nents of the work. These were soon fol­lowed by shouts and fist­fights in the aisles. The unrest in the audi­ence even­tu­al­ly degen­er­at­ed into a riot. The Paris police arrived by inter­mis­sion, but they restored only lim­it­ed order. Chaos reigned for the remain­der of the per­for­mance, and Stravin­sky him­self was so upset on account of its recep­tion that he fled the the­ater in mid-scene, report­ed­ly cry­ing. (Wikipedia)

Today’s pro­gram fea­tures clas­si­cal music that pro­voked riots. Grant­ed, not all the riots were as spec­tac­u­lar as that report­ed from the pre­mière of Le Sacre du Print­emps! Oth­er works in today’s pro­gram include La muette de Por­ti­ci by Daniel François Esprit Auber, Salomé by Richard Strauss, The Mirac­u­lous Man­darin by Bela Bar­tok, and Chan­son madé­cass­es by Mau­rice Rav­el, oth­er works by these com­posers, and works by Satie, Berlioz, and Rim­sky-Kor­sakov.

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://music.radioriel.org. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Otenth Pader­born.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

Illus­tra­tion: The Great Sac­ri­fice, 2nd vari­ant, 1912, by Niko­lai Roerich. Set design for Sergei Diaghilev’s pro­duc­tion of Le Sacre du Print­emps, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913.

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