I started looking at an old paper I had on the theoretical analysis of Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite", 1911. I got a head ache. I had a glass of wine. I don't want to sully that last 60 seconds with metre and harmonics and diatonics.
When I was little I heard the end of the Firebird a lot. The reel to reel seemed to only play the last 4 minutes. But that last 60 seconds: that chromatic (?) chord progression, the accelerando ending with the strings...man Stravinsky had a beautiful soul.
Akram Khan somehow missed that with iTmoi. Among a lot of other things.
Stravinsky had deep faith. You heard it in those progressions as in Symphony of Psalms: Always a moment where suddenly the blackest clouds open and a ray of sun punches through. And that moment was perfected in the Firebird finale.
I used to think that when it was time to go to heaven - because when you are 7 you think it's that easy - that it would sound like those 60 seconds: God opening the sky chromatically and I would fly up to Him during the strings of that last note. And I would be wearing my First Holy Communion dress with matching purse.
I am older now. But I still love God and I pray I am living in the example of His only begotten Son. A lot of time I fail but I don't give up.
Cuz I still want to go heaven to The Firebird finale.
(Sarah Ioannides conducting her brains out in video)