We’ve all heard about the story behind the Rite of Spring première riots. It was all just too much too fast for an audience wondering where Ravel went. In this video you will see Stravinsky play his famous”Rite of Spring” poly-chord for ten minutes. Phillip Glass, can relate. For those post-tonal theory geeks out there, the chord basically an Eb dominant seventh chord in first inversion played alongside a Fb major triad with the root doubled at the octave.
One enterprising soul (Giovanni Dettori) has taken counterpoint to the next level by using the main themes from songs by Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Nirvana, and Miley Cyrus and setting them as fugues on the piano.