This ballet and concert work was written by Igor Stravinsky for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company, following the success of “Firebird” and “Petrushka”. It had a mixed reception and the rumor of a riot at the premiere due to the piece’s experimental nature is a popular myth, but today it’s regarded as of the most influential and recorded pieces of the 20th century.

So here’s another performance, this time a virtual one using Infinite Woodwinds!

This piece employs an expanded woodwind section, and Infinite Woodwinds covers them all; after the Update 1.1 which also included the first expansion, the E♭ clarinet is now rightfully playing its part. The second piccolo, the second bass clarinet and the second contrabassoon are the standard patches with the “Transponse -1” option enabled, which uses samples from a semitone below and transposes them up by the same amount, allowing you to double up (or quintuple up) your instrument count for a price of a small tone change. Since Infinite Series is chromatically sampled, this semitone change is pretty much unnoticeable, as semitone transposition is an industry standard with most conventional libraries being sampled diatonically. Horns from Infinite Brass handle the chord parts in a few places, and a trumpet with a straight mute sings above the woodwind ensemble in the climax of this introduction.

Infinite Woodwinds and Infinite Brass are straight out-of-the-box, with some multi-band high-attack bus compression, and a bit of tape saturation on the master. The “Studio” version uses the “Clear” Character Profile for all instruments.

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