Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Igor Stravinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (1882 – 1971) was a Russian-born, naturalized French, later naturalized American composer, pianist, and conductor.
He is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and influential composers of 20th century music. He was a quintessentially cosmopolitan Russian who was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the century.
Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. 
Stravinsky displayed an inexhaustible desire to explore and learn about art, literature, and life. This desire manifested itself in several of his Paris collaborations. Not only was he the principal composer for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, but he also collaborated with Pablo Picasso (Pulcinella, 1920), Jean Cocteau (Oedipus Rex, 1927) and George Balanchine (Apollon musagète, 1928). His taste in literature was wide, and reflected his constant desire for new discoveries. The texts and literary sources for his work began with a period of interest in Russian folklore, progressed to classical authors and the Latin liturgy, and moved on to contemporary France (André Gide, in Persephone) and eventually English literature, including Auden, T. S. Eliot and medieval English verse.
He died at the age of 88 in New York City and was buried in Venice on the cemetery island of San Michele. 
Thanks, Michael

1 comment:

  1. If you ever have any inquiries, I painted this portrait. It is part of the permanent collection of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. Regards, Louise Donahue