Stravinsky's Firebird

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There were many elements of Stravinsky's Firebird finale that communicated most readily to me. The first that comes to mind was the sudden key shift to the minor key near the end of the finale, back to a triumphant, louder dynamic. The contrasts in dynamics at the end when the musics grew louder communicated to me a victory, and the different tone colors used before that communicated to me a winding up, or rather a building up, of the piece to that final moment. The entire piece demonstrated a great example of movement to the final cadence, in the contrasting dynamics and various textures that were played. One of the more subtly used musical devices was when the violins were played at an octave higher and accompanied by the flutes to communicate

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