5/29 Today in Weird Music History, 1913 Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is premiered in Paris at the Ballet Russe. The performance is one of the most famous in history, replete with catcalls from the audience, objects being thrown onto the stage, and near riots in the streets. At one point, Choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky had to yell directions from the wings to the dancers because they could not hear the orchestra over the din. But from the time of the premiere it was considered highly influential music. Today it is widely considered the most important musical work of the 20th Century.
Picture is a headline from the New York Times: Source: http://www.sfballetblog.org/2013/02/dancer-view-rite-of-spring/