The Firebird Suite Analysis

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“The Firebird Suite” is a ballet composed by Igor Stravinsky in 1910. I am particularly fond of this piece, and place it in my personal top five greatest musical compositions of all time. I first listened to this piece back in 1999 when Disney’s, Fantasia 2000 was released. While I do not remember the visuals of the film, I recall the music quite clearly. I have forgotten about, “The Firebird Suite” until I recently bought the CD, Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Firebird Suite (1999) at Barnes and Noble. Listening to the piece again brought on a whirlwind of emotions and memories. For the purpose of time, I will be focusing primarily on the last movement of the suite. The movement starts in the key of B major in 3/2 time with the french horn, harp, and strings playing first. Dynamic wise, the movement starts in piano while the french…show more content…
My experience as a music major in SUNY Potsdam attributed toward my various reactions throughout this piece. Additionally, my fellow musicians at the Crane School of Music impacted the way I view this type of music. While I already came into college with an appreciation for classical music, my peers provided me with new ways to view this type of music, and I learned much by observing them play. Beforehand, I could not put into words the emotions and experiences I felt while listening to classical music. Interacting with and learning from my peers provided me a mean to do so. “The Firebird Suite” is a piece of music that truly engages me and brings about a variety of emotions and memories. Listening to this music gives me a sense of joy and pride of being a musician and reminds me of why I love listening to this type of music. While other individuals may prefer different types of music, this shows how music can impact people in various ways. This is important for music therapists to understand as this can be used as a mean to heal our

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