This piece is the introduction to the Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.  It brings to mind arrival of the spring in the Upper Peninsula which is tentative and at times confused, coming in fits and spurts, though ultimately received with joy by the weary after a long season of darkness, cold and snow.  The music’s innovative complex rhythmic structures, timbres and use of dissonance have made it a seminal 20th century composition.  Conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein said of one of the passages, “That page is sixty years old, but it’s never been topped for sophisticated handling of primitive rhythms…”  In a sense that is what we are going for out on Rabbit Island… primitive ideas arranged interestingly. 

December 13, 2010