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OT Le Sacre Du Printemp's violent debut
Rainer said that Stravinsky punched Debussy during
the debut of 'Le Sacre Du Printemp' in Paris.
I had always understood that both Ravel and Debussy were enthralled with
and have never heard that Stravinsky punched Debussy.
I just found this description of those events on Classical.Net
in an article called "Stravinsky's Le Sacre at 90:
"Le Sacre's première took place at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on May
29, 1913. It is arguably the most famous debacle in western artistic
history. Audience members found the quiet, yet active, introduction
ridiculous. When the curtain rose and Nijinsky's dances began, the
auditorium went into a rage, their sophistication insulted. *Ravel and
Debussy were both present and captivated by the music, but it was soon
drowned out in the fracas. Debris was thrown, as well as punches. *The
work was performed in full, but only with the help of Nijinsky calling
steps from atop an offstage chair. /
/Stravinsky had a breakdown after the première and spent weeks at a
sanatorium in Neuilly to recover from typhoid fever........"
I'm just wondering where you read about Stravinsky punching Debussy,
Curious, not contentious in that query, my friend.
You have a vast knowledge of classical music that I respect.
yours, Rick Walker