The Firebird

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The Firebird (French: L’Oiseau de feu; Russian: Жар-птица, translit. Zhar-ptitsa) is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was written for the 1910 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company; the original choreography was by Michel Fokine, with a scenario by Alexandre Benois and Fokine based on the Russian fairy tales of the Firebird and the blessing and curse it possesses for its owner. When first performed at the Opéra de Paris on 25 June 1910, the work was an instant success with both audience and critics.

The ballet has historic significance not only as Stravinsky’s breakthrough piece, but also as the beginning of the collaboration between Diaghilev and Stravinsky that would also produce the acclaimed ballets Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913).

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Vocabulary:

  • Concert: A performance of music by one or more musicians or singers.
  • Instrument: An object, such as a piano, guitar, or drum, which is played to produce musical sounds.

Recommendations:

Sing along with a song you like while reading the lyrics.

Questionnaire:

  • What is the firebird? What kind of music is the firebird?

Session 6

Welcome to this activity created by Senior Advisor Ms. Violeta Trujillo Villegas from Santa Fe Branch. Read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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