Stravinsky's The Firebird: Background information when reading They're Going to Love You

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They're Going to Love You

A Novel

by Meg Howrey

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Stravinsky's The Firebird

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Black and white picture of ballerina in costume from The Firebird in 1936-1937The protagonist in Meg Howrey's novel, They're Going to Love You, is a choreographer, hired to create a new adaptation of Igor Stravinsky's renowned ballet, The Firebird. First staged in Paris in 1910, it is often credited as the show that catapulted the composer to international fame.

The ballet's story is based primarily on the creature of the same name from Russian folklore, incorporating characters and plot elements from several traditional fairy tales, and often thought to take inspiration from Yakov Polonsky's popular 1844 children's poem, Winter Journey. We follow Prince Ivan, who spares the life of the eponymous Firebird while hunting in the forest. In exchange for his mercy, the bird gifts the prince one of her enchanted feathers. Later, he is able to use this feather to summon the Firebird during a battle with the evil sorcerer, Koschei (also known as Kaschei). With the help of the Firebird's magic, Ivan is able to defeat Koschei, freeing a group of 13 princesses from ...

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