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Canon on a Russian Popular Tune
1965; based on the Coronation theme from the 1910 ballet The Firebird; composed as a memorial to Pierre Monteux; originally titled Canon for Concert Introduction or Encore

'Stravinsky: Complete music for piano & orchestra' (CDA67870)
Stravinsky: Complete music for piano & orchestra
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Track 16 on CDA67870 [1'04]

Canon on a Russian Popular Tune
Written for full orchestra, including piano and harp, the Canon (on a Russian Popular Tune) is one of Stravinsky’s least-known works. The composer originally entitled the piece Canon for Concert Introduction or Encore in the manuscript copy. Written quickly in 1965, and constituting an interruption in the middle of composing the monumental Requiem Canticles, it is merely a minute in duration; but its brevity belies a fascinating web in the canonically intricate treatment of the famous ‘Coronation’ theme from the finale of the composer’s 1910 ballet The Firebird. Thematic inversions and augmentations of one of Stravinsky’s most memorable folk tunes abound as they snake their way through the separate strands of the orchestra. The switching back and forth between duple and triple time signatures provides a throwback to the alternating asymmetrical metres of the original ballet score. Stravinsky, who sometimes wrote little canons as gifts to his friends, composed the work as a memorial tribute to his old friend Pierre Monteux, who had died a year earlier.

from notes by Charles M Joseph © 2013

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67870 track 16
Recording date
20 May 2012
Recording venue
City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
Recording producer
Rachel Smith
Recording engineer
David Hinitt & Mike Panayiotis
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  1. Stravinsky: Complete music for piano & orchestra (CDA67870)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: June 2013
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