Arnold Schoenberg, A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46. Performed by Erich Leinsdorf.

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Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep while listening to some Debussy followed by Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw. The Debussy will lull you into a peaceful, somnolent state. Then A Survivor from Warsaw will come on and it…will…scare…the…living…hell…out…of…you. (But I guess that’s sort of the point of it, isn’t it?) I learned this from personal experience.

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(This was originally published on my leipzig48.com blog “Dancing about Architecture” in 2006.)

Arnold Schoenberg, A Survivor from Warsaw, Op. 46. Performed by Erich Leinsdorf.

Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps; Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan

Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps: Part I –  2. The Harbingers of Spring, Dance of the Adolescents.  Performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan.

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This caused riots in Paris?  In Paris??  I guess times have changed.  This almost sounds like it could be from a Disney movie. It would fit right in with parts of The Lion King.  My little nieces would love dancing along to this piece.  Seriously, I do know that this was featured in Fantasia (wasn’t it?).  I can’t listen to it without picturing dinosaurs lifting up their heads and looking around.  Anyway, I guess that’s what Small meant when he wrote about “this ability of our society to absorb into itself and neutralize revolt that has characterized the history of music […] in our century”.

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(This post was originally posted on my leipzig48.com blog “Dancing about Architecture”.)

Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps; Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan