The secret games of the young girls are played atop the summit at night. Dancing in circles, the maidens mark with their feet the circle in which the chosen one will be confined. Here they select the most beautiful girl and strip her naked then adorn her with flowers to prepare her for the sacrifice. Here you can hear the melody that Stravinsky uses. Another Russian folk song, but Stravinsky reorders it making it his own.
The Rite of Spring
Mystic Circle of the Young Maidens
144" x 72"
Acrylic + oil on Canvas TRiptych
Mystic Circle of the Young Maidens by Stravinsky
Listen from 20:04 to 23:24
With Permission: 2013 Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Recorded live in Roy Thompson Hall, December 4 & 6, 2008 www.tso.ca
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