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The Finale from “The Firebird” Suite (1919 Version) - Piano Duet: One Piano, Four Hands
Piano Duet - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
By Igor Stravinsky, Igor Strawinsky. Arranged by Rob Bushnell. Piano Reduction, Set of Parts. 10 pages. Published by RBMusic (H0.1004463-SC001281633).
Item Number: H0.1004463-SC001281633
“The Firebird” suite, by Russian-borncomposer Igor Stravinsky, is based on his 1910 ballet of the same name. It, inturn, is based on the Russian fairy tales of the Firebird and the blessing/curseit possesses for anyone who owns it. The ballet premiered at Opéra de Paris aspart of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company and was an immediatesuccessful, bringing Stravinsky international fame.
The ballet tells the story of thejourney of Prince Ivan. He strays into the realm of the evil Koschei, whoseimmortality is preserved by keeping his soul in a magic egg. Ivan is about tokill the Firebird but is spared. As a token of thanks, she offers him a featherthat can be used to summon her should Ivan be in dire need. Prince Ivan thenmeets princesses who are under Koschei’s spell, falling in love with one ofthem. After confronting the magician, Koschei sends his minions after Ivan, whosummons the Firebird. She intervenes and bewitches the monsters. Exhausted, thecreatures and Koschei then fall into a deep sleep. Ivan is then directed by theFirebird to the egg containing Koschei's soul, which Ivan destroys, freeing allthose under his spell. Ivan and the princesses celebrate their victory.
The music features in Disney’s“Fantasia 2000”.
This arrangement of the “Finale” from“The Firebird” Suite (1919 version) is for one piano, four hands but could alsobe played by two pianos, four hands. Great as background music or as a concertitem in its own right. A recording of the music from the original soundtrackcan be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWQa8ZdAeIM.
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