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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Filtering by Tag: Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

Performing Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchesra at Symphony Hall was one of the highlights of my childhood. It is such a powerful piece that will always have a special place in my heart.

Here is Stravinsky himself conducting the Firebird Suite in its entirety. The orchestra and date of the performance are unkown.


The President's Own Marine Band: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

This is a transcription of Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" performed by the "The President's Own" Marine Band earlier this year.  The transcription is by Merlin Patterson and it is conducted by guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero. 

The playing and interpretation are simply top notch.  Enjoy!

Monday YouTube Fix: Stravinsky Conducting Firebird

Andrew Hitz

The title really says it all. It's pretty incredible that we have the ability to watch a performance like this so easily.  In this clip, Stravinsky is conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The Firebird Suite has been one of my favorite pieces of classical music since I was in high school.  The recording of David Fedderley playing with the Baltimore Symphony & David Zinman was one that I played almost on a loop as a kid.  The tone that Mr. Fedderley plays with on the last line of that recording just smothers you.  That album played a huge role in the development of my concept of sound and I still cherish it to this day.

What an invaluable resource it is for us to be able to see Stravinsky himself conducting one of his own masterworks.  I love his conducting style.  It's no nonsense and to the point. I'm especially a fan of his left hand on his hip from time to time. Priceless!