Strontium Red is charged with energy, bursting with rapidly flowing streamers of notes and explosive percussive cracks. Strontium is the element that gives fireworks and flares their bright red color, and the rousing energy of this piece reflects the heat and brilliance of red fireworks. The piece begins with sporadic bangs that imitate the sound of a fireworks display. As it progresses, the music alternates between agitated and almost pointillistic sections and a sweeping melody that is supported by a lush accompaniment. The piece is propelled forward by an incessant rush of virtuosity in the woodwinds and strings. Wave after wave of energy builds until the music comes to a triumphant close.
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