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When Music Caused Riots

When Music Caused Riots

“If that’s a bassoon, I’m a baboon!” quipped composer Camille Saint-Saëns on hearing the opening bars of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. At least that’s the legend. It was 29 May 1913, and although some doubt whether the French composer really was there that Paris evening, the ensuing “riot” at the Théâtre de Champs-Elysées […]

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