The Liverpool Warriors Marching Band are proud to present our 2015 field show
The legend of the phoenix as told through visual pageantry and the music of Stravinsky, Strauss, and Reineke
The Greeks rooted the tale of the phoenix in Western imagination more than 2,500 years ago, but its story began in ancient Egypt and Arabia. The fabled bird is said to live 500 years or more, and when the old bird is tired, it flies from Arabia to land in Heliopolis, Egypt, the “City of the Sun.” There, it gathers cinnamon twigs and resin to build a nest of spices atop the Temple of the Sun. The sun ignites the nest and the old phoenix dies in flames. A new, young phoenix emerges from the ashes and wings back to Arabia to live another life cycle. The bird’s features have changed over the centuries, but most agree it’s an eagle-like bird with shining red, golden, and purple plumes.
Like all legends, details in tales of the phoenix vary. For instance, its long lifespan is sometimes 500 years, 540 years, or even 1,461 years (the Egyptian year in astronomy). Some tales claim the phoenix has magical healing powers. In our tale this year, we will follow the phoenix through her journey of fire from death, to rebirth, to triumph, represented both visually and musically.
Check back soon for more information about this year's show and click on the links below to find out more about the composers and hear the source music for this year's program, arranged by Director of the Marching Warriors, Mr. James R. Dumas.
Music from this year's show includes The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky:
Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss:
And Goddess of Fire by Steven Reineke: