The story of the Firebird inspired by Balanchine s version of the classic ballet follows Prince Ivan as he discovers the Firebird in an enchanted forest and, with the help of the magical half bird, half woman, rescues ten princesses from an evil sorcerer....
|Publisher||:||Putnam Juvenile First Edition edition October 19, 1994|
|Number of Pages||:||1 pages|
|File Size||:||895 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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My 6 year old daughter had this story read to her at camp during "Fairytale Week," and she came home asking for it.
Beautiful, colorful, descriptive illustrations. Lovely story capturing the ballet. My daughters 5 1/2 loved this book and are wanting me to reread this and Swan Lake (also by Rachel Isadora) over and over.
Igor Stravinsky's appeal for audiences is based mainly on his three ballets: "The Firebird," "Petrushka," and "The Rite of Spring." All three ballets were composed and premiered before World War I, which is important to note because after the war Stavinksy and many of his contemporaries believed music had to change in the new world that emerged. In other words, Romanticism seemed irrelevant in light of the Great War and these ballets represent, if anything, the triumph of the Romantic aesthetic. Stravinsky essentially repudiated his works, but they remain popular and "The Firebird," which most reflects the musical sensibilities of the 19th century, is the one that still captures the imagination the most.
This book is clearly based on the ballet, and not the folktale directly. The illustrations show the characters dancing, executing leaps and all that. This has the advantage of making the artwork in this book some of the most beautiful I've seen in a while, with the very small disadvantage of making it sometimes a little opaque in terms of the actual story.
What a fantastic rendition of my favorite ballet! Rachel Isadora should be doing set and costume designs for major ballet companies. She is highly talented and the only artist I have seen who captures dance. Brava! Brava!
You should read this book. Even though this book is easy, it has a lot of wonderful pictures. I recommend you to read this book.