I'd never seen the music video
by the Beastie Boys
until roughly 5 minutes ago. Hell, I'd seen parts
of it, but not the whole thing.
As such I was shocked and not a little amused
to find that in the theatrical segment
at the beginning of the video, the orchestral
music being sampled is an excerpt from Igor Stravinsky
's Le Sacre Du Printemps.
This is funny and yet, at the same time I know that my homeslice
Igor is spinning
in his grave.
Stravinsky had this thing. It was an obsessive need to preserve the original intent
and interpretation of his music. He was one of the earliest composer
s to insist on gramophone
recordings of his work both in full score and piano condensed versions. He wanted there to be no mistake
as to how he wanted his music to sound when it was played after his death or by other people, and he was intensely afraid
of his music being used for purposes other than for what it was originally intended.
So, a great piece of music
written by someone extra-paranoid
about its legacy is now prominently featured along side a giant, breakdancing robot.
Trust me, this is all simply awash
in comic irony