On May 29, 1913, Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring debuted in Paris. By intermission, the police had been called in break up the riot that was going on in the aisles of the Theatre du Champs-Elysees. The dissonant harmonies, combined with the pagan narrative of a girl dancing herself to death, was too much for the pre-World War I audience to handle, but it wasn't long before The Rite of Spring entered the canon as one of the most important pieces of... More >>>