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Bringing May Flowers

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.

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