Le sacre du printemps (Rite Of Spring)

Igor Stravinsky (1881-1971)—Premiered in Paris, May 29, 1913; completed in 1947

FZ album(s) in which song has appeared

Part I. Adoration Of The Earth
Part II. The Sacrifice

 

Tour(s) on which song is known to have been performed (main source: FZShows, v. 7.1)

 

Comments

Foggy G, "The Songs That Were Played," We're Only In It For The Touring

1968: During the opening chaos of the 4/20 show, the band plays a bizarre medley consisting of this classical piece and "Blue Moon". This is one of those instances where part of the band plays one tune, part of the band plays the other, and the rest of the band does their own thing (so that's what doing your own thing is!). Its chaotic, its noisy, but its your typical Mothers, and damn is it beautiful.

1978: One of Zappa's favorite Audience Participation gimmicks- other than the Dance Contest- is the "this-side-of-the-audience-sing-this-and-this-side-sing-this-and-this-side-sing-this-now-sing" trick. Although it never really seemed to work, FZ never gave up on it over the years, and on 2/18, we got it once again. This time the songs in question were "In-a-gadda-da-vida", "The Rites of Spring", and Lohengrin. Didn't really work, but a truly funny moment occurs about 30 minutes later in the set, when Frank yells at the people in the balcony and says, "You're still supposed to be singing 'In-a-gadda-da-vida'".

 

Conceptual Continuity

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