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17 November 2017, 11:13
The best way to wake up when you’re knackered on a Friday night? The ppp to fff transition in The Firebird...
The North State Symphony Orchestra were playing Stravinsky’s The Firebird in concert, when they were hilariously interrupted by an audience member waking up with a hysterical scream.
Stravinsky composed The Firebird as a ballet in 1910 for the Ballets Russes, and it turned out to be the composer’s first major success. The story tells of Prince Ivan, who befriends the Firebird and asks him for help in defeating the evil magician Kashchei.
The dramatic moment in the video comes just before the ‘Infernal dance of all Kashchei’s subjects’, at which point the timpani drum comes crashing in, ending the pianississimo passage.
Let’s just relive that scream one more time… (the conductor’s reaction is great).
Find more videos from North State Symphony on YouTube.
Fancy some more musical screaming? Watch this conductor literally yell his way through Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade: