Who wrote this fiendish "Rite of Spring"? What right had he to write the thing? Against our helpless ears to fling Its crash, clash, cling, clang, bing, bang bing? And then to call it "Rite of SPRING," The season when on joyous wing The birds melodious carols sing And harmony's in every thing! He who could write the "Rite of Spring," If I be right by right should swing!
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- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, from the Boston Herald, February 1924, collected in Slonimsky's book Music Since 1900 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Henry Dixon Cowell (1897 - 1965), "Who wrote this fiendish "Rite of Spring"?
", 1938, from Three Anti-Modernist Songs, no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: T. P. (Peter) Perrin
This text was added to the website: 2004-04-10
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