On a Sunday night several years ago, I was held captive by an episode of Radiolab. The episode, which examines “the line between music and language,” has a particularly engrossing segment about Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Within the segment hosts Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad discuss how The Rite of Spring changes in the span of 30 years from a piece that causes audiences to riot, to an accepted form of classical music, to the score for Fantasia. It’s at that moment that you can clearly see multiple overlapping arguments about society, the role of music, the passage of time, etc. Read more