I just read Cecil’s excellent column, Did avant-garde arts events of a century ago really inspire riots?
I met and talked with Igor Stravinsky in his latter years, and he loved to tell that story!
As for musicians making up words to “keep the count,” they were probably of the Old School, which had never had to deal with multiple, quickly changing meters and amazingly dissonant harmonic clashes.
Every time I’ve played that piece, the orchestraloves it! I have had every hair on my body stand on end. (Darn! I just shaved my legs!)
It is astonishing to think of Paris at that time. Cooperation between all of the arts was fantastic. Much credit goes to Diaghilev, founder of Ballets Russes. He would be inspired by a poet’s work (say, Mallarmé), talk a musician into writing music for it (Debussy), and an artist such as Matisse to paint the scenery! Wow!
I wish there really were such a thing as a time travel machine!