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The Rite of Spring by Gillian Moore

The Rite of Spring

Gillian Moore

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Category: Non-fiction, History
Imprint: Head of Zeus
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 10 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9781786696823

The story behind the scandalous first performance of one of the most influential works in the history of music.

3 stars out of 5
5 Jan 2019

"a stylish and concise account of the event"

a stylish and concise account of the event... good summaries of the music’s essential innovations... But I could do without her blow-by-blow account of the score, a sort of musical Rough Guide for the faint-hearted; some will find it helpful, but it’s an odd thought that...such a narrative should still be thought necessary... More riveting is her account of what she calls the aftershocks: the increasingly fantastic ballet productions; the contradictory interviews with conductors... and not least the jazz and pop musicians who have incorporated fragments, even whole chunks, of it in their work.