Igor Stravinsky is considered to be one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. He first achieved international fame and success with three ballets commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev. These were The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring. It was mostly The Rite of Spring that solidified Stravinsky’s reputation as a compositional revolutionary and changed the way composers thought of rhythmic structure. It is thought of as the icon of 20th century music and even caused a riot in the audience at its premiere.
I have always loved the Firebird Suite, and I thought I would share a clip of Stravinsky conducting part of it. If you’re not as into Firebird or classical music as I am, you can start 6 minutes in. That’s the best part!