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Prompt for Blog 5

The Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s 1913 ballet The Rite of Spring is popularly described as a riot, though recent research by musicologists has thrown doubt on this idea. In this blog, you will summarize the viewpoints of two different articles on the event and share your own reaction to the music.

To receive full credit, your blog should do the following:

  1. Read “100 years ago today, ‘The Rite of Spring’ incited a riot in a Paris theater”; in your own words, summarize what the author believes happened during the ballet’s premiere
  2. Read “Did Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring incite a riot at its premiere?”; in your own words, summarize what the author argues actually happened at the premiere and describe at least two pieces of evidence (like historical material) the author uses to support their argument
  3. How did you respond to this ballet the first time you watched/listened to it? If you were in the audience in 1913, how do you think you would have reacted to the music and dance?

Due Sunday October 23 at 11:59pm.

Refer to the Posting Guidelines to make sure you get full points for this blog. For help with posting your blog, check out the How-To Guide. You can earn a point of extra credit by reading a classmate’s blog and posting a substantial comment before Sunday October 30 at 11:59pm.

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