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: Works for Piano & Orchestra / Bavouzet
Release Date: 01/27/2015   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5147   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky - Jeu De Cartes, Le Baiser De La Fee
Release Date: 04/08/2008   Label: Arte Nova  
Catalog: 636430   Number of Discs: 1
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Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Prokofiev / Grigory Sokolov
Release Date: 02/10/2015   Label: Melodiya  
Catalog: 2292   Number of Discs: 2
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Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Firebird / Simonov, RPO
Release Date: 03/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28290   Number of Discs: 1
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Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex / Abbado, Troyanos, Kozma, Crass
Release Date: 09/14/1999   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1209   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphony in Three Movements

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  • 26.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Ebony Concerto, Etc /Goosens, Herman
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422303 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Woody Herman
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Woody Herman & His Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Stravinsky: Symphonies / Sir Simon Rattle, Berlin PO
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 7630 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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  • 28.
    Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps, Etc / Nott, Bamberg So
    Label: Tudor Records   Catalog: 7145 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Jonathan Nott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Solti - A Passion For Music
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000972102 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Mikhail Glinka,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Tamás Daróczy,  Alexandru Agache
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Stravinsky: Symphony In 3 Movements, Symphony Of Psalms, Etc
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93183 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Chorus
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  • 31.
    The Art Of Charles Dutoit
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000771602 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Hector Berlioz,  Franz von Suppé,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  French National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Label: Musiques Suisses   Catalog: 6240 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Frank Martin  ... 
    Performer:  Derrik Olsen,  Hugues Cuénod,  Teodor Ciurdea,  Kathrin Graf  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Sacher
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  • 33.
    Igor Stravinsky Conducts His Own Works - Apollo, Etc
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1184 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Helmut Krebs,  Heinz Rehfuss,  Werner Hessenland,  Peter Pears  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Northwest German Radio Chorus,  Baden-Baden Southwest German Radio Wind Quintet
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  • 34.
    Bernstein Collectors Edition - Stravinsky, Shostakovich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000532002 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Boris Berman,  Homero Francesch,  Paul Hudson,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Bach Festival Choir,  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble  ... 
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  • 35.
    Furtwängler - Die Salzburger Orchesterkonzerte 1949 - 1954
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 409048 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Igor Stravinsky,  Anton Bruckner,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Josef Greindl,  Sieglinde Wagner,  Irmgard Seefried  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Jascha Horenstein - Broadcast Performances From Paris
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1146 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Samuel Barber,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Lola Bobesco,  Marian Anderson,  Pilar Lorengar,  Marga Höffgen  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Gemini - Stravinsky: Firebird, Petrushka, Etc / Rattle
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85538 Release Date: 06/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Stravinsky - Composer & Performer Vol 3
    Label: Andante   Catalog: 1140 Release Date: 04/20/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  L. Haney,  William Vacchiano,  A. Staffer,  G. Pulis  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Igor Stravinsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra members,  New York Church of the Blessed Sacrament Choir,  Woody Herman & His Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, The Rite Of Spring, Etc
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5714 Release Date: 03/02/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Le Chant du rossignol, Symphonies, Concertos, Etc. / Saraste, Finnish Radio Orchestra
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62022 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    Stravinsky: Ballets, Stage Works, Orchestral Works /Ansermet
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467818 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Monica Sinclair,  Kenneth MacDonald,  Joan Carlyle,  Helen Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Geneva Motet Choir,  Lausanne Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 43.
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Etc / Mehta, New York Po
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89095 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Stravinsky: Symphony Of Psalms, Symphony In Three Movements / Boulez, Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457616 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Russian Orchestral Masterworks
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1749 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Tadaaki Otaka,  William Boughton,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  English String Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 46.
    Stravinsky: Symphonies / Solti, Chicago SO & Chorus
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458898 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Glen Ellyn Children's Choir
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  • 47.
    Stravinsky: Symphonies, Fairy's Kiss, Ode / Nash Ensemble
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2408 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi,  Simon Rattle,  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Nash Ensemble
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  • 48.
    Stravinsky: Symphony In C, Etc / En Shao, New Zealand So
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553403 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  En Shao
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Stravinsky: Symphonies / Vladimir Ashkenazy, Rso Berlin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436416 Release Date: 07/31/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Semyon Bychkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris
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    Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445538 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Boris Berman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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Igor Stravinsky


WORKS
Introduction - The Harbingers of Spring
Dance of the Adolescents
3. Mock Abduction
4. Spring Rounds
5. Games of the Rival Tribes
6. Procession of the Sage
7. Adoration of the Earth (The Sage), Dance of the Earth
1. Introduction
2. Mystical Circle of the Adolescents
3. Glorification of the Chosen One
4. Evocation of the Ancestors
5. Ritual of the Ancestors
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
Introduction
Kashchei's enchanted garden
Appearance of the Firebird pursued by Ivan Tsarevich
Dance of the Firebird
Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
Supplication of the Firebird
Game of the Princesses with the golden apples
Sudden appearance of Ivan Tsarevich
Round dance of the Princesses
Daybreak
Magic carillon, appearance of Kashchei's guardian monsters and capture of Ivan Tsarevich
Dance of Kashchei's retinue under the spell of the Firebird
Infernal dance of all Kashchei's subject's
Lullaby of the Firebird
Collapse of Kashchei's palace and dissolution of all enchantments - Reanimation of the petrified prisoners - General rejoicing
The Shrovetide Fair - The Crowds - The Conjuring-trick
Russian Dance
Petrouchka's Room
The Moor's Room - Dance of the Ballerina
Waltz (The Ballerina and the Moor)
The Shrovetide Fair (Evening)
Dance of the Wet-nurses
Dance of the Peasant and the Bear
The Merchant and the Gipsies
Dance of the Coachmen and the Grooms
The Masqueraders
The Scuffle
Death of Petrouchka
The Police and the Charlatan
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
1. Toccata
2. Aria I
3. Aria II
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