Le Sacre du Printemps

Le Sacre du PrintempsMusic: Igor Stravinsky.
Choreography: Vaslaw Nijinsky.
Plot: Igor Stravinsky and Nicholas Roerich.
Sets, costumes: Nicholas Roerich.

Premiere: May 29, 1913 by the Ballets Russes in Paris (Th. des Champs-Élysées)
Dancers at the premiere: Maria Piltz (the chosen virgin).



The Rite of Spring, original French title, Le sacre du printemps, is a 1913 ballet with music by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, original choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, and original set design and costumes by archaeologist and painter Nicholas Roerich, all under impresario Serge Diaghilev. The music's innovative complex rhythmic structures, timbres, and use of dissonance have made it a seminal 20th century composition.

The composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein said of one passage, "That page is sixty years old, but it's never been topped for sophisticated handling of primitive rhythms...", and of the work as a whole, "...it's also got the best dissonances anyone ever thought up, and the best asymmetries and polytonalities and polyrhythms and whatever else you care to name."