Igor Stravinsky, composer
birth name: Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky

June 17, 1882, Orianenbaum, Russia ~ April 6, 1971, United States

He recalled his schooldays as being lonely, later saying that “I never came across anyone who had any real attraction for me.” During his boyhood, Stravinsky began piano lessons, studied music theory and attempted some composition. In 1890, he was mesmerised by his first exposure to an orchestra, when he saw a performance of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Sleeping Beauty at the Mariinsky Theatre: by the age of fifteen, he had mastered Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto in G minor and finished a piano reduction of a string quartet by Glazunov, who considered the young Stravinsky to be unmusical and thought little of his composition skills. ~ Wikipedia: Igor Stravinsky ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Wikipedia

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Igor Stravinsky was one of music's truly epochal innovators; no other composer of the twentieth century exerted such a pervasive influence or dominated his art in the way that Stravinsky did during his seven-decade musical career. Aside from purely technical considerations such as rhythm and harmony, the most important hallmark of Stravinsky's style is, indeed, its changing face. Emerging from the spirit of late Russian nationalism and ending his career with a thorny, individual language steeped in twelve-tone principles, Stravinsky assumed a number of aesthetic guises throughout the course of his development while always retaining a distinctive, essential identity. ~ Allmusic: Igor Stravinsky ~ retrieved April 19, 2014 © Allmusic

Igor Stravinsky ~ Awarded a 1987 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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