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Igor Stravinsky (1961)

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New Zealand National Film Unit & NZBC present Igor Stravinsky. A NFU and NZBC co-production filming the Igor Stravinsky conducting the NZSO. ================================= Igor Stravinsky premiered the scandalous ballet and orchestral concert The Rite of Spring/Le Sacre du Printemps on 29 May 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées . The avant-garde nature of the choreography and music caused a near-riot in the audience. The dance moves were reported as being physical unnatural to perform, and the music itself as angular, jarring and totally erratic. Although designed as a work for the stage, with specific passages accompanying characters and action, the music achieved equal if not greater recognition as a concert piece, and is widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century. In 1961, Stravinsky came to New Zealand to conduct the National Orchestra in a performance of his Firebird suite. Then considered the world’s greatest living composer, the response to his visit was incredible as he was met with unprecedented fanfare. This National Film Unit and New Zealand Broadcasting Company co-production shows the orchestra playing the finale at the Wellington Town Hall. The access tape that this digital copy has come from has experienced some damage and as a result there is a minor loss of sound at approximately 1:08 – 1:32, 1:54 – 2:37 and 3:05 – 3:23. Archives Reference: AAPG W3471 699/1160 VHS BITC (Preview Tape)- BITC274 For updates on our On This Day series and news from Archives New Zealand, follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/ArchivesNZ Material from Archives New Zealand