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Symphony Concert, Part 2

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The scenarios and decor of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and the descriptive sub-titles, were suggested by Nicholas Roerich , painter, archaeologist and ethnographer. Roerich had been in charge of important excavations in the Novgorod Province, which had brought to light numerous treasures of neolithic art, and no one was better fittted to devise an artistic re-creation of the spring fertility rites of the pagan Slavs.
The work is divided into two parts : a ceremony of earth-worship and the sacrifice of a chosen maiden. After a slow introduction based on a Lithuanian folk-melody, come the ' auguries of spring ' (' stamping ' chords) ; the young beauties of the tribe dance, and there is a mock ' marriage by capture ' (a swift scherzo). Then come ' spring rounds ' (opened and closed by a lovely clarinet melody) and ' the gamea of rival communities '. Presently a Wise Elder appears ; he kisses the earth in adoration, and the first part ends with ' the winning of the earth by dancing '. After a gloomy introduction, the maidens begin the sacrifice, moving mysteriously in circles. There is a wild dance glorifying the chosen victim ; the shades of the tribal ancestors are evoked and worshipped ; and the work ends with a wild sacrificial dance.
An article on this work, by Edwin Evans , appears on page 14.
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