In the 1980s, almost 70 years after the last public performance of the Nijinsky-choreographed Rite of Spring, the
Joffrey Ballet commissioned a reconstruction of it from dance scholar Millicent Hodson and art historian Kenneth Archer.
In The Rite of Spring, the
pounding of the beat and the feet of the dancers strip away everything romantic music and classical ballet still is.
From the first solo notes of The Star-Spangled Banner, sung by jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves in spotlight at centre stage, to the final crescendo of the entire LA Philharmonic expressing the energy and shock of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, the
inaugural performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall was a calibrated workout for both music and architecture.
After three years of composing music that Atwell can compare only to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, the
score was finished.
Even with his connection to the notorious premiere of The Rite of Spring, the
portly, affable Monteux did not attract scholarly or even novelistic interest (with the exception of the books by his wife).