- Adaptation Displacement: Many people associate this music with dinosaurs and volcanoes rather than pagan sacrifice.
- No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Diaghilev, the producer, seems to have subscribed to this belief, since he was thrilled when the first performance spawned a riot. Stravinsky and Nijinsky, on the other hand, did not share his optimism.
- "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: The Sensory Abuse nowadays is quite tame considering what kind of music has come out since then.
- True Art Is Ancient: Many fans of Classical Music have been known to mention this piece as an example of "modern music." Think about that for a second: it's over 100 years old. YMMV on whether this is a good example. "Modern" and modernism in art refers to the aesthetic style that emerged around the turn of the 20th century. (Postmodernism begins in the mid-20th century). Nobody would call this piece contemporary music.
- Vindicated by History: Thanks mainly to Fantasia. However, it was still seen as the weakest piece owing mostly to its length, unnerving visuals, and jarring music - though people are much more forgiving of it these days.
- The Woobie: The doomed virgin usually comes across as quite woobie-ish.
YMMV / The Rite of Spring