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Spring Has Sprung

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No scandal in music seems to be more famous than the premiere of this ballet. The violent sounds and shocking imagery incited a riot in the concert hall. The ballet was described as a tale of pagan Russia and in this tale the tribal leaders have selected a young virgin to sacrifice to the gods of spring. The choreography was viewed by many to be overtly sexual and was partly to blame for the rancorous response by original audiences. Another famous composer was present who pleaded with the audience to allow the music to be heard. This composer had also played the 4-hand piano reduction of the work with the composer.

Music Heard On This Episode

Joseph Haydn: The Representation of Chaos
English Baroque Soloists/Monteverdi Choir/John Eliot Gardiner, cond — The Creation (Archiv Produktion, 2007)
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Joseph Haydn: The Representation of Chaos
English Baroque Soloists/Monteverdi Choir/John Eliot Gardiner, cond — The Creation (Archiv Produktion, 2007)
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Billy Strayhorn: Lotus Blossom
Duke Ellington, piano — His Mother Called Him Bill (RCA Victor Europe, 2001)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Grand Fugue, Op. 133
Cleveland Quartet — String Quartets Op. 132, Op. 135 (Telarc, 2003)
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Gustav Mahler: Blumine
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa, cond — A Musical Calendar of Favourite Classics (Dg Imports, 2003)
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Jean Sibelius: Spring song
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi, cond. — Tapiola/ En Saga/ The Bard/ Valse Triste (Deutsche Grammophon, 2000)
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Leonard Bernstein: Make our gardens grow
Joshua Bell/Philharmonia Orchesta/David Zinman, cond — West Side Story Suite (Sony, 2001)
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Benjamin Britten: Paul Bunyan: Overture
London Symphony Orchestra/Steuart Bedford, cond — Piano Concerto; Johnson Over Jordan (Naxos, 2005)
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Samuel Barber: Daisies; With Rue My Heart is Laden; Bessie Bobtail
Thomas Allen, bar/Roger Vingoles, p — String Quartet/Serenade/Dover Beach/Songs (EMI Classics, 2009)
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Jule Styne: Everything's comin' up roses
Ethel Merman — Gypsy - A Musical Fable (Sony, 1999)
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Giacomo Puccini: Chrysanthemums
Vega Quartet — Messa di Gloria; Preludio Sinfonico; Crisantemi (Naxos, 2002)
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Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring: The sacrifice
Boston Symphony Orchesta/Seiji Ozawa, cond — Rite Of Spring, Fireworks, Petrouchka (RCA, 1999)
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Ned Rorem: Spring Music
Beaux Arts Trio — Spring Music (Polygram Records, 1994)
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Scott Joplin: Sunflower slow drag
Richard Glazer, piano — The Complete Piano Music of Scott Joplin (Compendia, 1997)
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