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: The Firebird, Symphony Of Psalms / Nelsons, City Of Birmingham
Release Date: 05/25/2010   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 804101   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky, Martin: Violin Concertos / Baiba Skride
Release Date: 10/30/2012   Label: Orfeo  
Catalog: 849121   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Danses Concertantes; Mozart / Norrington
Release Date: 10/30/2001   Label: Orfeo D'or  
Catalog: 567011   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert: Symphony No 9; Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring / Mehta
Release Date: 10/30/2001   Label: Orfeo D'or  
Catalog: 566012   Number of Discs: 2
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Stravinsky: Danses concertantes, etc / Saraste, Avanti CO
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 292   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: L'Histoire du soldat

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  • 1.
    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Erato Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619048 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Igor Stravinsky,  Pierre Boulez,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre Amoyal,  Peter Serkin,  Simon Estes,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ensemble InterContemporain,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Histoire Du Soldat / Bouquet, Depardieu, Mintz, Cerutti
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5371 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Pascal Moraguès,  Sergio Azzolini,  Marc Bauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
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    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale / Sir Robert Helpmann, Svetlana Beriosova, Brian Phelan
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4696 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Emanuel Hurwitz
    Conductor:  Derek Hudson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
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    The Early Years - Markevitch Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438973 Release Date: 08/16/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Anne Tonietti,  Peter Ustinov,  Jean Cocteau,  Jean-Marie Fertey
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Academy Symphony Orchestra,  USSR State Academy Chorus  ... 
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    Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky - The Ballets
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 884142 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Regina Sarfaty,  Roger Sessions,  Lukas Foss,  Mildred Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  C. B. C. Symphony Orchestra,  American Concert Choir  ... 
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    Stravinsky: L'histoire Du Soldat / Kolja Blacher, Dominique Horwitz, Berlin Soloists
    Label: Phil.harmonie   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Dominique Horwitz,  Kolja Blacher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Soloists
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    Stravinsky: Soldier's Tale; Marsalis: Meeelaan
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28062 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wynton Marsalis,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  David Taylor,  Stefon Harris,  André De Shields,  David Shifrin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orion String Quartet
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    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale / Ransom Wilson, Solisti New York
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 123 Release Date: 11/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Ransom Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solisti New York
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    Stravinsky: L'histoire Du Soldat / Pople, London Festival
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 378650 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jason O'Mara
    Conductor:  Ross Pople
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Pulcinella, Soldat / Rambert Dance Company
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2286 Release Date: 12/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Brian Wright,  Roger Heaton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Mercury Ensemble
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    Stravinsky, Janacek / Sakari, Lagerspetz, Et Al
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 120 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Juhani Lagerspetz
    Conductor:  Petri Sakari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Chamber Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Jeu De Cartes, Etc / Neeme Järvi
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10193 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Soldier's Tale, Renard / Dutoit, Carrat
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4613672 Release Date: 05/03/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jules Bastin,  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Eric Tappy,  Pierre-André Blazer  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble
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    Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky And Ravel
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia London,  Boston Symphony Orchestra members
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    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale, Dumbarton Oaks / Northern Co
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553662 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  David Timson,  Jonathan Keeble,  Benjamin Soames,  Nicholas Ward  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Histoire Du Soldat / Bouquet, Depardieu, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4805 Release Date: 04/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Guillaume Depardieu,  Shlomo Mintz,  Pascal Moraguès,  Sergio Azzolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Shlomo Mintz
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    Stravinsky: L'histoire Du Soldat, Octet / New Music Studium
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 47357 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Laurent Manzoni
    Conductor:  Antonio Plotino
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Studium
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    Stravinsky: Histoire Du Soldat / Wilson, Solisti New York
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 122 Release Date: 01/30/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Ron Bohmer,  Reed Armstrong,  Sally Goodwin
    Conductor:  Ransom Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solisti New York
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    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale / Haugland, Järvi, Rsno
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9189 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Aage Haugland
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish National Orchestra members
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  • 20.
    Walton: Facade;  Stravinsky: L'histoire Du Soldat / Hobson
    Label: Arabesque   Catalog: 6644 Release Date: 08/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  William Warfield
    Conductor:  Ian Hobson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Illinois Sinfonia da Camera
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  • 21.
    Stravinsky: The Soldier's Tale / Christopher Lee
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5063 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Christopher Lee
    Conductor:  Lionel Friend
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Stravinsky: L'histoire Du Soldat / Cocteau, Markevitch Ens
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 4207732 Release Date: 03/08/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Jean Cocteau,  Peter Ustinov,  Jean-Marie Fertey,  Anne Tonietti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Markevitch Ensemble
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Igor Stravinsky


WORKS
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - Introduction - The Harbingers of Spring
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - Dance of the Adolescents
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 3. Mock Abduction
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 4. Spring Rounds
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 5. Games of the Rival Tribes
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 6. Procession of the Sage
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth - 7. Adoration of the Earth (The Sage), Dance of the Earth
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 1. Introduction
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 2. Mystical Circle of the Adolescents
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 3. Glorification of the Chosen One
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 4. Evocation of the Ancestors
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 5. Ritual of the Ancestors
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps - Part 2: The Sacrifice - 6. Sacrificial Dance (The Chosen One)
Introduction
Prelude & Dance of the Firebird - Variations
Pantomime I
Pas de deux
Pantomime II
Scherzo: Dance of the Princesses
Pantomime III
Rondo
Infernal Dance
Lullaby
Final Hymn
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Introduction
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Kashchei's enchanted garden
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Appearance of the Firebird pursued by Ivan Tsarevich
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Dance of the Firebird
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Supplication of the Firebird
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Game of the Princesses with the golden apples
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Sudden appearance of Ivan Tsarevich
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Round dance of the Princesses
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Daybreak
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Magic carillon, appearance of Kashchei's guardian monsters and capture of Ivan Tsarevich
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Dance of Kashchei's retinue under the spell of the Firebird
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Infernal dance of all Kashchei's subject's
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Lullaby of the Firebird
Stravinsky: The Firebird (L'oiseau de feu) - Ballet (1910) - Collapse of Kashchei's palace and dissolution of all enchantments - Reanimation of the petrified prisoners - General rejoicing
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 1 - The Shrovetide Fair - The Crowds - The Conjuring-trick
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 1 - Russian Dance
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 2 - Petrouchka's Room
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 3 - The Moor's Room - Dance of the Ballerina
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 3 - Waltz (The Ballerina and the Moor)
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4 - The Shrovetide Fair (Evening)
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4 - Dance of the Wet-nurses
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4 - Dance of the Peasant and the Bear
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4 - The Merchant and the Gipsies
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4 - Dance of the Coachmen and the Grooms
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4 - The Masqueraders
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4 - The Scuffle
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4 - Death of Petrouchka
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4 - The Police and the Charlatan
Stravinsky: Petrouchka - Version 1947 - Scene 4 - Apparition of Petrouchka's Ghost
Song of the Nightingale: Presto
Chinese March
Song of the Nightingale
The Mechanical Nightingale
The Emperor's displeasure at the departure of the real nightingale
The Emperor's sickroom
The real nightingale returns to thwart Death
Funeral march and Finale
Symphony of Psalms (Rev, version, 1948): Part I
Part II
Part III
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D - 1. Toccata
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D - 2. Aria I
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D - 3. Aria II
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D - 4. Capriccio
I. Overture. Allegro
II. Andante - Interlude: L'istesso tempo
III. Con moto
The Charlatan's Booth
The Russian Dance
Petrouchka's Room
Grand Carnival
Dance of the Wet Nurses
Dance of the Peasant and Bear
Dance of the Gypsy Girls
Dance of the Coachmen
Part I: I. The Soldier's March
Part I: II. Soldier: Phew... this isn't a bad sort of spot...
Part I: III. Airs by a Stream
Part I: IV. He is a little old man...
Part I: V. The Soldier's March (Reprise)
Part I: VI. Soldier: Hurray, here we are!
Part I: VII. Pastorale
Part I: VIII. Narrator: In the Market Place...
Part I: IX. Pastorale
Part I: X. Narrator: He took the book and began to read
Part I: XI. Airs by a Stream (Reprise)
Part I: XII. Soldier: They have nothing - and yet they have it all.
Part I: XIII. Airs by a Stream (Reprise)
Part II: I. The Soldier's March (Reprise)
Part II: II. Narrator: Now he comes to another land
Part II: III. The Royal March
Part II: IV. Narrator: They gave the word for the band to play
Part II: V. The Little Concert
Part II: VI. Narrator: The princess is lying on her bed
Part II: VII. Tango
Part II: VIII. Valse
Part II: IX. Ragtime
Part II: X. Narrator: The Soldier and the Princess are in each other's arms
Part II: XI. The Devil's Dance
Part II: XII. Narrator: The Devil falls exhausted
Part II: XIII. Little Chorale
Part II: XIV. The Devil's Song
Part II: XV. Great Chorale
Part II: XVI. Narrator: 'Suppose, suppose we went there!'
Part II: XVII. Triumphal March of the Devil