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Excerpts from "The Rite of Spring"

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Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky (arr. Robert Buckley)


General Info

Year: 1913 / 2015
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00; (digital) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Gong
  • Guiro
  • Marimba
  • Toms (2)
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The premier performance of The Rite of Spring in 1913 is the stuff of legend. There was disagreement among the people who attended as to whether it was the music or the choreography that caused the near-riot in the audience. Since then The Rite has been performed regularly and is considered to be one of the most influential works of the 20th century, laying the basis for modern jazz, film music and even heavy metal.

It's all here: the driving rhythms, haunting Russian folk melodies, brilliant scoring, crunching harmonies and the epic drama. The intention with this arrangement for band was to stay as true as possible to the original and choose the sections that would work well in this context.

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Illinois College Wind Ensemble (Christian Secrist, conductor) - 19 February 2019
  • Brevard (N.C.) College Wind Ensemble (Eric Peterson, conductor) - 26 April 2016
  • Arkansas (Farmington) Winds Community Concert Band (Chal Ragsdale, conductor) – 29 April 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer


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