Berceuse and Finale from "The Firebird" (arr Goldman)
Igor Stravinsky (arr. Edwin Franko Goldman)
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Year: 1910 / 1941
Duration: c. 6:12
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Edward B. Marks
Cost: Score and Parts - Out of print
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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
- Audio CD: Clarence Wind Ensemble (William Eicher, conductor) – 2003
None discovered thus far.
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- Peninsula Symphonic Band (Palo Alto, Calif.) (Ted Henderson, conductor) - 26 March 2023
- Karl L. King Municipal Band (Fort Dodge, Iowa) (Dan Cassady, conductor) - 10 July 2022
- 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
- Clarence (N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (William Eicher, conductor) – 19 December 2003 (2003 Midwest Clinic)
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Berceuse and Finale from "The Firebird" (arr. Longfield) (1910/1998)
- Berceuse and Finale from "The Firebird" (arr. Goldman) (1910/1941)
- Berceuse and Finale from "The Firebird" (arr. McAlister and Reed) (1910/1989)
- Circus Polka (orch. Raksin) (1942/1948)
- Concertino for 12 Instruments (1920/1952)
- Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments (1950)
- Ebony Concerto (1946)
- Elegy for JFK (1964)
- Excerpts from "The Rite of Spring" (arr. Buckley) (1913/2015)
- Fanfare for a New Theater (1968)
- Finale from "The Firebird" (arr. Story) (1910/2014)
- The Firebird: Finale (arr. Hanna) (1910/2023)
- The Firebird (trans. Patterson) (1910)
- Firebird Excerpts (arr. Bocook) (1910/1995)
- The Firebird Suite (tr. Earles, ed. Fennell) (1910/1998)
- Fireworks, Op 4 (trans. Rogers) (1908)
- Funeral Song (1908)
- L'Histoire du Soldat (1918)
- Mass for Mixed Chorus and Double Wind Quintet (1948)
- Octuor (1923)
- Pastorale (1907/1933)
- The Rite of Spring (tr. Patterson) (1913/1947)
- The Rite of Spring (arr. Sánchez) (1913)
- The Rite of Spring (arr. Vosbein) (1913/2011)
- Scherzo à la russe (arr. Marciniak) (1944/1977)
- Song of the Volga Boatmen (ed. Simpson) (1917/1989)
- Suite from "The Firebird" (trans. Nefs) (1919/2013)
- Suite from "The Firebird" (trans. Knox) (1919)
- Suite No 2 for Wind Ensemble or Small Concert Band (tr. McAlister and Binney) (1921/1988)
- Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920, rev. 1947)
- Symphony of Psalms (1930/1948)
- 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.