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Classical 101

Stravinsky Conducts His Own "Firebird"

Some composers have been mythologized into giants of their times. In the case of Igor Stravinsky, there's no myth: he simply was a musical giant. So it sends shivers up the spine to have a chance to see him in action. In this video, an 82-year-old Stravinsky conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra through his brilliant score for the ballet The Firebird. When you consider that the ballet's choreography (which we do not see here) was created by none other than Mikhail Fokine and marked the beginning of Stravinsky's great collaboration with impressario Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, this video truly does give you a sense of something of Brobdingnagian proportions. Enjoy!