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Berceuse and Finale from "The Firebird" (arr Goldman)

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Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky (arr. Edwin Franko Goldman)


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General Info

Year: 1910 / 1941
Duration: c. 6:12
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edward B. Marks
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print


Instrumentation

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Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Firebird marked the beginning of the now legendary collaboration between Igor Stravinsky and Serge Diaghilev, the impressario of the famous Ballet Russe. Stravinsky was a totally unknown pianist and composer in 1910, but The Firebird, followed by Petroushka and The Rite of Spring, catapulted him to the forefront of contemporary composers, a position never relinquished.

Edwn Franko Goldman has arranged two sections of the score for band, the Berceuse (Lullaby) and the Finale, which is itself based on an old Russian folk tune first "discovered" by Rimsky-Korsakov.

The story concerns the Firebird, a beautiful ballerina with orange wings, and Ivan, a young prince who hunts for the Firebird, finally capturing her. She gives him a golden feather as ransom and disappears. Later, Ivan is captured by the demon Kastchei, but he waves the golden feather and the beautiful Firebird comes to his rescue. He is taken to a metal box containing an egg, which is the soul of Kastchei the Terrible. He smashes the egg, and the princess and nobles are forever freed of the spell of Kastchei and his followers.

-Program Note from Program Notes for Band


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Salem Band (Winston Salem, N.C.) (Eileen Young, conductor) - 4 February 2020
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan) Adult Band Camp (Thomas Riccobono, conductor) - 13 August 2017
  • Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) - 23 November 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 571.
  • Stravinsky, I.; Goldman, E. (1941). Berceuse and Finale: From the Firebird [score]. E. B. Marks Music: New York.