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Culture Shock 1913

From: WNYC
Length: 59:00

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What a year was 1913! Many have called it the true beginning of 20th century culture. From New York, where the first large-scale show of modern art alarmed viewers, to Vienna and Paris, where music by Schoenberg and Stravinsky sparked audience riots --- it was a year of artistic upset and audience apoplexy! A hundred years later, WNYC’s Sara Fishko and guests tell the story of this Mad Modernist moment of sweeping change, and the ways in which it mirrors our own uncertain age.
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Cslogoforweb_small Culture Shock 1913, 59 minutes (2 floating breaks)
From WNYC, New York Public Radio

Producer/Host Sara Fishko
Guests: Museum of Modern Art’s Ann Temkin; author Philipp Blom; pianist Jeremy Denk; Neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel; The New Yorker’s Joan Acocella and Alex Ross; author Frederic Morton; Conductor and educator Leon Botstein; others

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Culture Shock 1913, 59 minutes (2 floating breaks)
From WNYC, New York Public Radio

Producer/Host Sara Fishko
Guests: Museum of Modern Art’s Ann Temkin; author Philipp Blom; pianist Jeremy Denk; Neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel; The New Yorker’s Joan Acocella and Alex Ross; author Frederic Morton; Conductor and educator Leon Botstein; others

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Great radio doc

Happy to have discovered this documentary and producer Sara Fishko. Excellent treatment of an important moment in history. I'll be listening to more of the Fishko Files.

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What a great episode

I enjoyed this show very much. Sara Fishko and her wonderful guest experts contextualize the breadth and interdisciplinary energy of 1913 so well. It's a really great listen. Well done!

Broadcast History

WNYC, New York Public Radio
Previous air dates: WNYC FM and AM (noted)
12/6/12 – 8pm FM
12/29/12 – 4pm FM
12/30/12 – 11am FM and 2pm AM
12/31/12 – 8pm FM
1/1/13 – 2pm FM
1/6/13 – 9pm FM

12/28/12- **An edited version*** of Culture Shock 1913 appeared on PRI's Studio 360

Transcript

When Stravinsky and Nijinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring had its notorious premiere on May 29th, in the year 1913, audiences acted as if it had come from nowhere!

Music “The Rite of Spring”

They howled at the stomping, angular choreography and the pulsing, unsettling rhythms and dissonances in the music.

Clip: voices, whistles, boos etc. from BBC Rite of Spring film

By now, we have multiple movie re-creations… along with the memoirs and PhD dissertations that have told us, over the years, that this was a Modernist landmark.

Modernism tended to play with pieces of things, fragments.

Jeremy Denk: It starts to undermine the meaning. Your sense of where anything would go. Or to what it belongs.

The sense of not knowing where anything would go –or to what it belongs—didn’t BEGIN in 1913, but it came to a head in that year. The Rite of Spring IN the spring, in Paris…

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Timing and Cues

Timings and Cues for “Culture Shock 1913”

1 ) Segment A: 00:00-23:45
In cue: (music) When Stravinsky and Nijinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring had its notorious premiere….

Out cue: …and Arnold Schoenberg sparks a riot. Back in a minute.

2) Break 1: 23:46 – 24:45; Duration 00:59 with music

3) Segment B: 24:46-38:49
In cue: I’m Sara Fishko. This is WNYC’s Culture Shock 1913, looking at that landmark cultural year…

Out cue: …fulminating Futurists, shattered syntax and the Riot over the Rite of Spring. Back in a minute.

4) Break 2: 38:50-39:49; Duration 00:59 with music

5) Segment C: 39:50-59:00
In cue: I’m Sara Fishko and you’re listening to WNYC’s Culture Shock 1913…

Out cue: … “You shocked the Cubists. You shocked the public. You shocked the buying public. Do you think the public can be shocked anymore?” “No, no, no finished, finished. That’s over. You cannot shock a public” (two beats music and out).

Total program time: 59 minutes
This program is self-contained

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Now, from WNYC in New York, a special centennial program: Culture Shock 1913.

OUTRO:

For more on Modernism and the year 1913, visit www dot wnyc dot org slash 1913.

Additional Files

Additional Credits

Associate Producer: Laura Mayer
Editor: Karen Frillmann
Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister, additional mixing by Edward Haber.

Related Website

http://www.wnyc.org/1913