Pacific Symphony in Orange County, CA is celebrating the centennial of The Rite of Spring not only with three orchestral performances on June 6-8, 2013, but also by inviting DJs/electronic musicians/remix artists to ReRite this influential piece.
Free orchestral recordings of select sections of The Rite of Spring are available on this website for the purpose of creating non-commercial remixes in any style. Links to the score are also provided for those who wish to record brand new audio using Stravinsky’s chords, motives and/or melodies. There are no rules on how to participate or what to submit. What you do with the source material is up to you!
The Rite of Spring orchestral excerpts (free downloads for sampling and remixing)
Composer, orchestrator and educator Jonathan Beard has created some Apple Loops to help budding composers and remixers to get started too. They are designed to use in Garage Band software (and will work with loop-based Windows applications too) allowing users to drag and drop and easily line up clips. Check out his ReRite Chaos in the Garden and download and unzip his loops. Follow the direction in the zip file file and have fun!!
The ReRite Of Spring Project is a universal call for art works of all kinds. Collaborations are encouraged, especially between different genres!
The Rite of Spring’s notoriously dramatic premier ingrained Stravinsky’s work into the Western Classical Canon as one of the most revolutionary and remarkable works of all time – in all areas of the performing arts. On Thursday, May 29, 1913, Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes premiered the ballet Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, an event that led to the most infamous riot in classical music history. With its shocking primitive rhythms, dissonances, choreography, costumes and scenery, The Rite of Spring depicts an ancient pagan ritual sacrifice which culminates in a young girl dancing herself to death. Many would argue that Igor Stravinsky’s score for The Rite of Spring is the single most important piece of classical music written during the twentieth century.
As you peruse this website, you will see multiple interpretations of this piece in a variety of art forms. Check out the Be Inspired section to get some ideas flowing and to use as a springboard for your own work. Pacific Symphony has several events lined up where submitted remixes have the opportunity to be featured. You may submit your work here.
All appropriate submissions will receive their own page on the site with social media share buttons and include links to artist web pages. These will remain online for posterity to document the collective celebration of “The Rite of Spring” centennial.