"Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament."
"All the signs indicate a strong reaction against the nightmare of noise and eccentricity that was one of the legacies of the war.... What has become of the works that made up the program of the Stravinsky concert which created such a stir a few years ago? Practically the whole lot are already on the shelf, and they will remain there until a few jaded neurotics once more feel a desire to eat ashes and fill their belly with the east wind."
-Jean Cocteau on The Rite of Spring in Musical Times 1923
Blitzstein's position was that Stravinsky's wish was to
"divorce music from other streams of life,"
"symptomatic of an escape from reality",
resulting in a
"loss of stamina in his new works."
In 1940, Igor Stravinsky re-orchestrated
"The Star Spangled Banner"
for the Boston Symphony.
Someone alerted the Boston police, who arrived at Symphony Hall, confiscated the instrumental parts to the Stravinsky orchestration and
arrested Stravinsky for...
"tampering with public property."
The next Beyond the Score presentation at the Kimmel Center will be Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition on Thursday June 03, 2010 at 7 PM.