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The Rite of Spring Reconsidered

edited by Hermann Danuser and Heidy Zimmermann

Boosey & Hawkes, London, 2013

18 essays, English
ISMN 979–0–060–12554–6
ISBN 978–0–85162–823–3
501 pp., 27.0 × 20.0 cm (H × W)
GBP 56,–    

This richly illustrated volume gathers together eighteen essays by leading authorities on music, art, and culture to clarify, deepen, and expand our knowledge of The Rite. A detailed chronology recounts the work’s complicated genesis with all available facts. In several essays the collaboration among the main protagonists (Igor Stravinsky, Sergey Diaghilev, Nicholas Roerich, and Vaslav Nijinsky) and the work’s significance to cultural history are presented in a fresh light. Analytical studies of the work’s orchestration and harmony make use of the available handwritten sources for the first time. Special emphasis falls on the first century of the work’s impact: its career as a concert piece, audible on almost two-hundred gramophone recordings, and its place as a key work are discussed along with milestones in its choreographic interpretation from Léonide Massine to Pina Bausch. Finally, it is shown that The Rite not only had a lively influence on many twentieth-century composers, but also entered popular culture, from Disney’s Fantasia to the Berlin project Rhythm is it!

With essays by Jan Assmann, Jonathan Bernard, Tobias Bleek, John Bowlt, Esteban Buch, Jonathan Cross, Lynn Garafola, Paul and Edmund Griffiths, Claudia Jeschke, Stefanie Jordan, Andreas Meyer, Herfried Münkler, Robert Piencikowski, Svetlana Savenko, David Schiff, Arne Stollberg, Richard Taruskin, and Stephen Walsh.

This book is part of the Centenary Edition of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps
Paul Sacher Foundation / Boosey & Hawkes, 2013

other volumes:
Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du printemps: Facsimile of the Autograph Full Score
Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du printemps: Manuscript of the Version for Piano Four Hands: Facsimile