"Remembering The Rite of Spring"
A lecture by Stephen Walsh
Stravinsky's views on all his most famous works changed over the years, but "The Rite of Spring" was a particular case, partly because he had difficulty getting the notation of the score as he wanted it; partly because he lost interest in the ethnic aspects of the subject; partly because of issues to do with the way the work was, or should be, performed. The talk traces these changes down the years and draws some conclusions about Stravinsky's creative methods and his attitudes to his own past work. Stephen Walsh is a critic and musicologist who is currently professor in music at Cardiff University, Wales.