The Age of Anxiety
Towards the end of the 19th century, the Enlightenment consensus broke down in Europe. The idea that humans are rational, logical creatures had been replaced with a sense that human beings are more base and broken creatures. Logic is replaced by base animal instincts devoid of structure. This sense of emptiness was confirmed by the senseless violence of the First World War, leading to a Lost Generation of European to the worst ideas in history.
This is the study guide for Chapter 26.
Music of the Age of Anxiety
The Rite of Spring
is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky
. It was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev
's Ballets Russes
company; the original choreography was by Vaslav Nijinsky
, with stage designs and costumes by Nicholas Roerich
. When first performed, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
on 29 May 1913, the avant-garde
nature of the music and choreography caused a sensation and a near-riot in the audience. Although designed as a work for the stage, with specific passages accompanying characters and action, the music achieved equal if not greater recognition as a concert piece, and is widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.