Igor Stravinsky Le Renard

Stravinsky remains one of my favorite composers. I’ve already written about his L’Histoire Du Soldat, which was a kind of “commedia dell’arte” play set to his music. After that he wrote two more pieces like this, Les Noces, and today’s piece, Le Renard.

Le Renard is what you might call a “challenging” work that requires a certain amount of concentration. For example, I wouldn’t recommend downloading it to your ipod to accompany your roller-blading.

The piece is based on a mediaeval story about a rooster that outwits a fox. The role of the rooster is given to a tenor or counter tenor and his warning song is somewhat dissonant and shrill. I like the piece, however, because Stravinsky used a cymbalom, an instrument akin to a hammered dulcimer, which is used in Eastern European and Asian music. It figures prominently in Hungarian music and whenever I hear it, something stirs deep down in my bones.

Buy CD or Download MP3s of Stravinsky’s “Le Renard”

Wikipedia Entry for “Le Renard”

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About kurtnemes
Writer and Education Professional. Specialties include Ethics, Personal Memoir, Classical music, Tai Chi, Stress Reduction, Meditation, Coping, Classical Music, Aging, Love, Joy, Compassion and Equanimity (& what interests me.)

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