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Stravinsky - McPheeThe Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) (1911-13, rev.1947) 33'
Reduced orchestration by Jonathan McPhee (1988)

Scoring
3(II=afl,III=picc).2.corA.3(I=Ebcl,II=Acl,III=bcl).3(III=dbn)-4.3Ctpt(I=Dtpt).3(I=btpt).1-timp.perc(2):tam-t/tgl/guïro/BD/tamb/antiquecyms(Ab,Bb)/cyms/susp.cyms-strings(min:5.4.3.3.2)
N.B. Not available for concert use, but only for staged performances where there is limited space in the pit (Except US) .
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Repertoire Note  
Stravinsky's first inspiration – ultimately yielding the culminating Danse sacrale – was of "a solemn pagan rite: wise elders, seated in a circle, watching a young girl dance herself to death. They were sacrificing her to propitiate the god of spring." His collaborator Nicholas Roerich – an important painter who was also an archeologist well-versed in folklore – told Diaghilev: "My object is to present a number of scenes of earthly joy and celestial triumph as understood by the Slavs."



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