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Bringing May Flowers

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: a primitive spring

Note: the audio for this show will be available on June 1, 2011

This work, with its infamous depiction of a primitive human sacrifice, is best known today as a concert work. But the original work was a ballet whose revolutionary choreography was as least, if not more, controversial than the music that accompanied it. In fact, it has been speculated that the riot that erupted when the ballet premiered was entirely prompted by the choreography, as the audience became so unruly that hearing the music would have been nearly impossible! The four-hand version of this piece was not an arrangement, but rather a separate, alternate version that was published long before the full score.

Music Heard On This Episode

Antonio Vivaldi: "Spring" from the Four Seasons: Movements 1 and 2
Gidon Kremer, vln/Kremerata Baltica — Eight Seasons (Nonesuch, 2000)
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Antonio Vivaldi: "Spring" from the Four Seasons: Movements 1 and 2
Gidon Kremer, vln/Kremerata Baltica — Eight Seasons (Nonesuch, 2000)
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Astor Piazzolla: Spring in Buenos Aires
Gidon Kremer, vln/Kremerata Baltica — Eight Seasons (Nonesuch, 2000)
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Claude Debussy: Estampes: Gardens in the rain
Benno Moiseiwitsch, piano — Great pianists: Moiseiwitsch (Naxos, 2003)
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Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1: Allegro
Chamber Orch of Europe/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cond — Symphony 1 & 2 (Elektra / Wea, 1996)
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Frederick Delius: On hearing the first cuckoo in spring
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Sir Neville Marriner, cond. — Lollipops (Polygram Records, 1994)
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Thomas Morley: Now is the month of Maying
Quink Vocal Ensemble — English Madrigals (Telarc, 1993)
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Thomas Morley: Three dances
LA Guitar Quartet — Dances from Renaissance to Nutcracker (Delos, 1992)
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Franz Schubert: Rellstab song: Longing for Spring; Serenade
Thomas Quasthoff, bar/Justus Zeyen, piano — Schubert: Schwanengesang / Brahms: 4 Last Songs (Deutsche Grammophon, 2001)
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Johann Strauss Jr: Unter Donner und Blitz
Royal Concertgebouw Orch/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cond — Vienna Celebrates Johann Strauss (Elektra / Wea, 1999)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin sonata No 5: Rondo
Anne-Sophie Mutter, vln/Lambert Orkis, piano — The Violin Sonatas (Deutsche Grammophon, 1998)
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Richard Rogers: June is busting out all over
Original Broadway Cast — Carousel: Original Broadway Cast (PID, 2008)
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Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Benjamin Frith and Peter Hill, piano — Music for Two Pianos (Music For Four Hands) (Naxos, 1996)
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Frank Bridge: Enter Spring: Excerpts
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch/Sir Charles Groves, cond — Bridge: The Sea, Summer, Cherry Ripe, Enter Spring, Lament (EMI, 2002)
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John Denver: Suddenly It's Spring
John Denver — Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits (RCA, 2004)
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