Rite of spring

Rite of spring


Premiering in 1913, The Rite of Spring might be considered the most important single moment in the history of 20th century art, and its influence continues to be acknowledged across today’s cultural landscape.  Experimentation in the arts at the turn of the 20th century embodied ideas, in aesthetic and moral terms, of rebellion and an insurrection from central authority and The Rite of Spring became a focal point and catalyst for this movement.

Written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, stage design and costumes by Nikolai Roerich, and full orchestral score by Igor Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring, is a musical-choreographic masterpiece that represents primal pagan Russia and embodies the mystery and creative omnipotence of spring.  Diaghilev believed the mixture of visual, kinetic and musical elements in dance attained the ideal of Gestamtkunstwerk, a total art form superior to even opera, and sought, through the Ballet Russes, this ideal as an instrument of ultimate liberation.


My own analogy

To me it sounds like a violent weather system moving in. Like most places in the springtime it is filled with adverse weather, especially in places like the mid west where I lived for sometime.

In the Rite of Spring, the instruments represent the different elements of a storm.

The comparison:

Leonard Bernstein conducting the London Symphony Orchestra


Zubin Metha conducting the New York Philharmonic

Track title: Dance of the earth

In the intro there is a slight difference the horns come in sooner in the Bernstein than the Metha. Between the two that are close but there are subtle differences in timing and slight dynamics. This is more than likely a conductor preference.

And to me it seems that Bernstein knows the rite of spring more than Metha.

As far as audio quality  the Metha sounds brighter than Bernstein this could be because of the room, microphones and other gear used to capture the performance.




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Timeline of Jazz in the U.S.

Jazz was born in the U.S in the 20th century but its roots are from various types of music, Like ragtime,blues,african polyrhythmic music etc. this timeline explores jazz through the ages here in the U.S..

1892 Pianist Tommy Turpin writes Harlem Rag


1895  Pianist Scott Joplin publishes his first two rags.

 publishes his first two rags.

1895 Cornetist Buddy Bolden forms his band.

1899 Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag is published and sells over 100,000 copies.

1913  James Reese Europe records ragtime arrangements in New York

1915 Trumpeter King Oliver forms band with Sidney Bechet in New Orleans.

1917 The Original Dixieland Jass Band (an all white group) makes the first jazz recording, Livery Stable Blues, and also becomes the first jazz group to appear on film in the movie. The good for nothing.

1918 Tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins tours with blues singer Mamie Smith and begins to develop a unique style of playing.

1919 New Orleans trombonist Kid Ory moves to Los Angeles and forms a band, bringing jazz to new ears.

1921 Pianist James P. Johnson recordsThe Harlem Strut and Carolina Shout

1923 Pianist Jelly Roll Morton, now based in Chicago, makes several recordings including solo pieces such as King Porter Stomp and performances with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.

1926 Trumpeter Louis Armstrong has a huge hit and pioneers scat singing with his first recorded original composition, Heebie Jeebies, featuring his Hot Five.

1935 Benny Goodman begins recording with a racially integrated trio that includes pianist Teddy Wilson and drummer Gene Krupa.

1937 Nat King Cole creates a new ensemble with piano, bass, and guitar.

1938 Benny Goodman’s band recordsBach Goes to Town: Prelude and Fugue in Swing, which combines elements of classical music and swing.


1944 Thelonious Monk makes his first recordings with the http:////www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfljqczGEIU.

1947 Dizzy Gillespie records Manteca, bringing attention to Afro-Cuban jazz.

1949 Pianist Lennie Tristano records early examples of free jazz improvisation.

1949  Stan Kenton performs progressive jazz at Carnegie Hall with a 25-piece orchestra.

1952 Charlie Parker records sessions with strings and Latin repertoire for Mercury

1952 Carnegie Hall presents a concert devoted to California jazz featuring trumpeter Chet Baker and saxophonists Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond.

1956 Bassist Charlie Mingus recordsPithecanthropus Erectus, breaking new ground in collective improvisation.

1958 Art Blakey records Holiday for Skin with three jazz drummers and seven Latin percussionists .

1959 Miles Davis records Kind of Blue, which pioneers modal jazz, and will eventually become one of the best selling jazz albums of all time.

1962 Saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd recordDesafinado, which sparks renewed interest in bossa nova.

1963 Charles Mingus records The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady, a landmark in extended structure and free improvisation.

1970 Pianist Chick Corea records The Song of Singing, a successful experiment with atonal jazz.

1972 Keyboardist Chick Corea records with his newly formed fusion group Return to Forever.

1973 Keyboardist Herbie Hancock records the jazz-rock (fusion) album Headhunters in San Francisco, the album’s sales breaking all records in jazz.

1977 Pop jazz group Spyro Gyra records its first album.

1980 Trumpeter Miles Davis comes out of retirement and records the funk and rock-influenced The Man with the Horn.

1989 Trumpeter and producer Quincy Jones records Back on the Blockwith a wide variety of genres from bop to rap.


In closing this history on jazz I would say it is a massive fusion of different musical styles. It has also influenced artists in all genres in some form all over the world.

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The hammer dulcimer

I thought this would be a great edition, he explains a lot about the hammer dulcimer.

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Piano an assimilation

The piano was based on earlier technology from the middle ages like the hammered Dulcimer.


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inside the early recording studio


studio-BjonesThis post relates to the early productions.


Billy Jones in the Victor studio, c. 1920. The negative was marked
“Victor Roberts,” a pseudonym that Jones used only on Victor records. 


John Young — whose numerous recordings of hymns with partner Frederick J. Wheeler reportedly led comedian Billy Murray to dub them the “Come-to-Jesus Twins” — recording a cylinder for Edison in the early 1900s. Note the cloth-draped ceiling, to dampen echoes, and the horned Stroh violins (middle row).(ENHS)


Tenor Jacques Urlus recording a disc in Edison’s Fifth Avenue studio (New York), 1916. (ENHS)


Thomas Chalmers in Edison’s Fifth Avenue studio, date unknown. (ENHS)



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recording on wax

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Time Inventor Device
1857 Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville Phonautograph
1877 Thomas Alva Edison Phonograph
1894 Emile Berliner Graphophone
1898 Valdemar Poulsen Telegraphone
1930 germany Multitrack
1977 Japan sony Sony pcm digital

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Old school synth

My old Korg poly 800 just plugged it in and it still works.

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