Used; Like New/Used; Like New. Autograph musical quotation from one of the important composer's most beloved works, The Firebird, signed and inscribed by Stravinsky and dated Hollywood, January 1957. He has neatly penned one measureÂ (m. 9)Â from the bassoon part of the evocative, quiet introduction to the ballet on a small piece of manuscript paper, and inscribed it to the collector Lionel Aucoin (which could easily be matted out of view). The title "The FireBird" is typed at the head. A bold quotation and signature.Â 3.75 x 8.75 inches (9.3 x 22.3 cm.)Composed for the 1910 Paris season of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes with choreography by Michel Fokine, Stravinsky's "Firebird" was first performed on 25 June 1910. Based on Russian folk tales of the magical glowing bird of the same name that is both a blessing and a curse to its captor, the ballet centers on the journey of its hero, Prince Ivan, who enters the magical realm of Kashchei the Immortal. Â With "Firebird," "Stravinsky became famous overnight...Stravinsky learned well from Rimsky-Korsakov and equaled his master in orchestral opulence. The score is an enchantment, and its individual numbers - from the Infernal Dance to the Berceuse - exude the fragrance of Russianism in the grand tradition, with added dissonant spice. Stravinsky's first important work remains a favorite." (David Dubal) (Inventory #: 14516)
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