Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)

“Feu d’artifice”, fantasy op.4 (4')

Stravinsky’s Feu d’artifice (Fireworks), Op. 4 is one of the early works by the composer, written in 1908. The piece was a gift for his composition teacher Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov whose daughter was about to get married. The composition is exceedingly short, lasting less than four minutes. The scale of it, on the contrary, is grand. It calls for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes (the second doubling English horn), three clarinets (the third doubling bass clarinet), two bassoons, six French horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, cymbals, bass drum, triangle, glockenspiel, two harps, celesta, and strings. The work is also filled with novel musical ideas, which would soon become the hallmark of Stravinsky’s large orchestral works.

[Akira Ishii]