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Igor Stravinsky - Rite of Spring

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I really love Stravinsky's tendency to use a gigantic orchestra. the ROS has no harps in it, but it has

Piccolo

3 Flutes

Alto Flute

4 Oboes

English Horn

Piccolo Clarinet

3 Clarinets

Bass Clarinet

4 Bassoons

Contrabassoon

8 Horns

Trumpet in D

4 Trumpets in C

3 Trombones

2 Tubas

2 Timpani

Triangle, Tambourine, Guiro, Crotales, Cymbals, Bass Drum, Tam-tam

Violins 1

Violins 2

Violas

Cellos

Basses

+additional piccolo, english horn, A/Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, contrabassoon, wagner tubas being doubled by players

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Yes. 8 horns.

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The odd thing is Stravinsky didn't want to use a gigantic orchestra, The orchestra he was writing the piece for had gained some extra players(namely brass) and I believe it was Diaghilev/or some other guy told him to make the piece for a large orhchestra. None of the matter he does it BEAUTIFULLY!

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Heh.

Very fond of Firebird, personally (I've played two or three movements from the 1919 with two different ensembles), but I don't like Rite of Spring at all. Maybe because the images assigned to it in the 'Fantasia' arrangement always gave me nightmares as a child.

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I recently joined this college orchestra, we are playing beehtoven's 5th and stravinsky's firebird(1919).

I'm slightly scared, any tips to prepare for it?(which reminds me that I should be practicing my cello :whistling: )

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Wanton? Actually, in Reingold Wagner calls for six harps, I believe -- most often in unison. Which, as Berlioz would tell you, is so you can hear them. For instance, in Berlioz's 'Roméo et Juliette', there are two harps in the Ball scene, but he recommends doubly or tripling each part so they can be heard properly over the rather loud orchestra.

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