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The Orchestra Sings

Finale from The Firebird Suite

Igor Stravinsky

Repertoire: Listening

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Strategies for Engaging Students with Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite”

Repertoire Explorations

Learn fundamental concepts of music and engage in creative activities through a deeper exploration of the ideas and themes of the Link Up repertoire.

Melodies Tell a Story

  • The Firebird Melody
  • Connecting the Music with The Firebird Story
  • Follow a Listening Map and Create a Map Key

Composer Bio

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971), a Russian composer, began taking piano lessons at the age of nine. Though his father was a famous opera singer, Stravinsky’s own musical talent developed slowly. While studying law and philosophy at St. Petersburg University, he began taking composition ...

Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971), a Russian composer, began taking piano lessons at the age of nine. Though his father was a famous opera singer, Stravinsky’s own musical talent developed slowly. While studying law and philosophy at St. Petersburg University, he began taking composition lessons from the famous Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, who greatly advanced Stravinsky’s composition interests and skills. Stravinsky’s music for the ballet The Firebird quickly earned him fame and recognition. Stravinsky went on to write music for other ballets, including The Rite of Spring, about a pagan ritual; the opening night audience found the music and choreography so shocking that there was a riot in the theater! Stravinsky was forced to flee Russia, which led him to Switzerland, France, and eventually the United States. Stravinsky’s music encompassed a range of diverse influences, and his composition style evolved greatly throughout his life. He conducted at Carnegie Hall 41 times, and 43 of his works were premiered at Carnegie Hall.

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