It is the perfect piece. I don't really think I need to defend this choice as my number one. Nearly every composer owes something to this piece. It transformed any music after its premier. It (even late by 13 years) was the reason the 20th century began in music. It caused a riot. I wish I could cause a riot. I wish I could even get booed. The closest I've come is when two members of the "Greatest Generation" walked out of my recital and I heard them mutter
Wife: "Why does he have to be do dissonant?!"
Husband "Well you know these new composers; they just have to be different."
Yeah. That's the reason.
Anyway - getting back to the Rite.
I've never heard a piece with such ferocity. It is a piece of music that actually scares you.
This piece is probably the only piece I want to listen to all the time. I doesn't matter what is going on in my life. The Rite can always get into my ears and cheer me up. It has a way of bringing a smile to my face like no other.
Yes they are fantastic pieces of music. But, they make their way into your life and memories. Where were you when you first heard The Rite of Spring? Who does the Third Construction make you think of? Thanks for reading and participating in this self-indulgent walk down memory lane. Keep reading for more updates on composition, life in China, and being a new professor.