IGOR STRAVINSKY

January 17th 1882 --- 1971

Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971), Russian composer, born Oranienbaum, near St Petersburg. In 1903 he became a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov. His first composition, a Symphony, entirely academic, was performed in 1908. After the death of his master, a new stimulus came from Diaghilev, who produced Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird in 1910, his first masterpiece, still in the traditions of the Balakirev school. The second ballet Petrushka, 1911, however, revealed a new personality, and The Rite of Spring, 1913, created a riot in Paris and proved of revolutionary significance.

The Wedding, 1923, and The Soldier's Tale, 1918, were among the following works showing how unwilling Stravinsky was to stand still and how intent on always varying his style, sometimes on the basis of older models--folksong, Bach, Tchaikovsky, and so on. After the First World War Stravinsky's work shows a new austerity, as in the I-act opera buffa Mavra, 1921-2, or the Piano Concerto,1924.

He turned to absolute music in the classical manner, as in the Octet for wind instruments, 1923, the oratorio Oedipus Rex, 1927, and the ballet suite Apollo Musagetes, 1928, written in America. The Fairy's Kiss 1928, the Capriccio for piano and orchestra, 1b29, and the Symphony of Psalms,1930, filled old forms with new ideas. A movement towards definite classicism was made in the Symphony in C. From 1940 Stravinsky settled in the U.S.A. (he became an American citizen in 1945).

Later works included a Symphony in 3 movements, 1945. Stravinsky's experiments had a great effect upon contemporaries. Among his more recent works should be mentioned the opera The Rake's Progress, 1951, in which he reverted, in his own way, to bel canto and opera in set numbers; the Cantata, 1952, in which, as in the opera, he showed a new interest in English words; a Septet for strings, wind and piano, 1952; the cantatas Threni, 1958, and A Sermon, a Narrative and a Prayer, 1961, Movements for piano and orchestra, 1960; and The Flood, a musical play for television, 1962.

In his last work he used an individual adaptation of 12 note composition, just before his death in 1971. He publish Chronicles of my Life, 1936, and (with R. Craft) Conversations with Igor Stravinsky in 1959, and Memories and Commentaries, 1960.

Last Updated on 1st September 2005
By Steven

And now for the Music

My thanks go to Scott P. Anderson for Sequencing and donating the following files, to email please click on (hi_desert01@hotmail.com"">SCOTT and let him know your thoughts.

"Firebird Suite No.1, 1st movement: Introduction ! . A beautifully sequenced by Scott P. Anderson

"Firebird Suite No.2, 2nd movement: The Firebird's Dance (L'oiseau de feu et sa danse) ! . Another beautifully sequenced by Scott P. Anderson

"Firebird Suite No.3, 3rd movement: Variations (Variation de l'oiseau de feu) ! . A beautifully sequenced by Scott P. Anderson

"Firebird Suite No.4, 4th movement: The Princesses' Round Dance - Khorovode (Ronde de princesses) ! . A beautifully sequenced by Scott P. Anderson

"Firebird Suite No.5, 5th movement: The Infernal Dance of King Kashchei (Danse infernale du roi Katshei) ! . A beautifully sequenced by Scott P. Anderson

"Firebird Suite No.6, 6th movement: Berceuse ! . A beautifully sequenced by Scott P. Anderson

"Firebird Suite No.7, 7th Movement: Finale (Final) ! . A beautifully sequenced by Scott P. Anderson

I like to thank Emily Gray for the sequencing the following piece, to contact please email (HappyMusician@opendiary.com"> EMILY here..

(2808)"Suite for Small Orchestra " Sequenced by Emily Gray

(2809)"(Napolitana) from the suite for small orchestra" A lovely piece, sequenced by Emily Gray

(2069)Short piece of "Fanfare from Petrouchka " Sequenced by Emily Gray

I like to thank P. Lamplugh, for donating the following piece.

(2721)"Russian dance from Petroushka" Sequenced by Lyndon Meyer

I would like to sincerely thank Yu Nakajima, for the following beautiful music, to contact Yu please (GCD02321@nifty.ne.jp"> Click Here, or better still visit his Website here

(1849)"The complete version of the Firebird suite", this is truly a wonderful piece(GS Compatible required with 32 tracks & optimized for SC-88 Pro). Sequenced by Yu Nakajima

(1619)"Symphony of Psalms, Mov.1" Sequenced by Michael Petri

(1620)"Symphony of Psalms, Mov.2" Sequenced by Michael Petri

(1621)"Symphony of Psalms, Mov.3" Sequenced by Michael Petri

(1622)"The Rite of Spring", a beautiful piece. Sequenced by Jun Nishio

(1623)"The Rite of Spring, Mov.A", Sequencer Unknown

(1624)"The Rite of Spring, Mov.B", Sequencer Unknown

(1625)"The Rite of Spring, Mov.C", Sequencer Unknown

(1626)"The Rite of Spring, Mov.D", Sequencer Unknown

(1627)"The Rite of Spring, Mov.E", Sequencer Unknown

(1628)"The Rite of Spring, Mov.F", Sequencer Unknown

(1629)"The Rite of Spring, Mov.G", Sequencer Unknown

(1630)"The Rite of Spring, Mov.H", Sequencer Unknown

(1631)"From the ballet Petrushka," a lovely piece Sequencer Unknown

(1283)"11 dances, a homage to Stravinksy" (donated by CH) Sequenced by Jim Lynch

(1284)Firebird done for Flute.(Donated by CH) Sequencer Unknown

(1285)Firebird done for Harp.(Donated by CH) Sequencer Unknown

(1286)Finale of the ballet Firebird .(Donated by CH) Sequencer Unknown

(1287)Finale of the ballet Firebird .(Donated by CH) Sequenced by DJ

(1288)"Infernal Dance" of the ballet Firebird .(Donated by CH) Sequenced by UBIK Music Production(1994)

I would like to thank Frederick Reeder for sequencing and donating the following musical piece.

(667)"The little March from Stravinsky's Renard". Donated and sequenced by Frederick Reeder

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