When Igor Stravinsky was a child in Russia, the most
wonderful event of the year was the coming of spring. It was the Paris premiere
of his work The Rite of Spring that caused the most famous riot in classical
music history, on May 29, 1913. Half the audience stood and cheered; the other
half screamed with disgust until they were purple in the face. The police were
summoned to break up numerous fights.