Igor Stravinsky

Biography

Born: Jun 17, 1882; Russia   Died: Apr 6, 1971; USA   Period: 20th Century
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 Read more 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.
Although he was the son of one of the Mariinsky Theater's principal basses and a talented amateur pianist, Stravinsky had no more musical training than that of any other Russian upper-class child. He entered law school, but also began private composition and orchestration studies with Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. By 1909, the orchestral works Scherzo fantastique and Fireworks had impressed Sergei Diaghilev enough for him to ask Stravinsky to orchestrate, and subsequently compose, ballets for his company. Stravinsky's triad of early ballets -- The Firebird (1909-1910), Petrushka (1910-1911), and most importantly, The Rite of Spring (1911-1913) -- did more to establish his reputation than any of his other works; indeed, the riot which followed the premiere of The Rite is one of the most notorious events in music history.
Stravinsky and his family spent the war years in Switzerland, returning to France in 1920. His jazz-inflected essays of the 1910s and 1920s -- notably, Ragtime (1918) and The Soldier's Tale (1918) -- gave way to one of the composer's most influential aesthetic turns. The neo-Classical tautness of works as diverse as the ballet Pulcinella (1919-1920), the Symphony of Psalms (1930) and, decades later, the opera The Rake's Progress (1948-1951) made a widespread impact and had an especial influence upon the fledgling school of American composers that looked to Stravinsky as its primary model. He had begun touring as a conductor and pianist, generally performing his own works. In the 1930s, he toured the Americas and wrote several pieces fulfilling American commissions, including the Concerto in E flat, "Dumbarton Oaks."
After the deaths of his daughter, his wife, and his mother within a period of less than a year, Stravinsky emmigrated to America, settling in California with his second wife in 1940. His works between 1940 and 1950 show a mixture of styles, but still seem centered on Russian or French traditions. Stravinsky's cultural perspective was changed after Robert Craft became his musical assistant, handling rehearsals for Stravinsky, traveling with him, and later, co-authoring his memoirs. Craft is credited with helping Stravinsky accept 12-tone composition as one of the tools of his trade. Characteristically, though, he made novel use of such principles in his own music, producing works in a highly original vein: Movements (1958-1959) for piano and orchestra, Variations: Aldous Huxley in Memoriam (1963), and the Requiem Canticles (1965-1966) are among the most striking. Craft prepared the musicians for the exemplary series of Columbia Records LPs Stravinsky conducted through the stereo era, covering virtually all his significant works. Despite declining health in his last years, Stravinsky continued to compose until just before his death in April 1971. Read less
Stravinsky: Choral Works / Ferguson, Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral
Release Date: 08/26/2016   Label: Delphian  
Catalog: DCD34164   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Chant du rossignol (Song of the Nightingale)

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  • 26.
    Peaceful Inspirations
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1269 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Paul Hindemith,  Maurice Ravel,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Jörg-Peter Weigle,  Otmar Suitner,  Igor Markevitch,  Herbert Kegel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 27.
    Stravinsky: Song Of The Nightingale, Etc / Craft, Columbia Symphony Orchestra Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46302 Release Date: 05/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Richard Frisch,  Sanford Schonbach,  George Neikrug,  Otis Igleman  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Chamber Orchestra,  Ithaca College Concert Choir
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    Stravinsky: L'oiseau De Feu, Etc / Levi, Flemish Rso
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 922201 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Yoel Levi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flemish Radio Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring, The Nightingale / Craft
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557501 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Robert Tear,  Paul Whelan,  Stephen Richardson,  Simon Preece  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Pulcinella, Le Chant Du Rossignol / Boulez
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4620882 Release Date: 03/21/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Stravinsky; Etc / Reiner, CSO
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 66377 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 32.
    The Essential Stravinsky / Järvi, Suisse Romande Orchestra
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6654 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer,  Jean Piat,  Rudolf Rosen,  Günter von Kannen  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Brassus Chorale,  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus  ... 
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    Boulez Conducts Stravinsky - Le Chant Du Rossignol, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471197 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Franklin Cohen,  David McGill,  Michael Sachs,  James DeSano  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra members,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus,  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Ravel: L'enfant et les sortileges, L'heure espagnole / Maazel
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 449769 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jeanine Collard,  Jane Berbié,  Sylvaine Gilma,  Colette Herzog  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Radio Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Stravinsky: Music For Piano / Martin Jones
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5519 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Martin Jones
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  • 36.
    Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale, Firebird, The Rite of Spring / Oue, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 70 Release Date: 04/30/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale / Fritz Reiner
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68168 Release Date: 02/27/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Performer:  Sidney Harth
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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