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
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: 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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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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Ravel, Gershwin: Piano Concertos; Stravinsky: Capriccio / Parker
Release Date: 08/31/2010   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 2656   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Firebird Suite

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  • 26.
    Leonard Bernstein - The Royal Edition Vol 67 - Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 47605 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 27.
    Stravinsky: L'oiseau De Feu; Le Sacre Du Printemps
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900706 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Eduardo Mata Edition Vol 6 - Stravinsky, Prokofiev
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 30982 Release Date: 08/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Tedd Joselson
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Salzburg Opening Concert 2008 / Barenboim, Boulez, Vienna
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 702508 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Ernest Ansermet: The Early Days (1916-1955)
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3119 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Nikolai N. Tcherepnin,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Ernest Christensen,  Leslie Heward,  Fanny Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
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  • 31.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird, Petrouchka / Pierre Monteux
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 421635 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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  • 32.
    Stravinsky: Firebird Suite; Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2 / Ormandy
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072258 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 33.
    A Russian Night / Grimaud, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001346909 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Icon - Leopold Stokowski - The Maverick Conductor
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98555 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Cesti,  Ernest Bloch,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
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  • 35.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite, Pulcinella Suite / Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415127 Release Date: 08/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Waldbuhne Concert - Russian Night
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4508 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Lincke,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Aram Khachaturian,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Kodaly: Hary Janos; Stravinsky: Firebird; Prokofiev / Ormandy, Philadelphia
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 38125 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Zoltán Kodály,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Firebird / Simonov, RPO
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28290 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    The Art Of Dimitri Mitropoulos Vol 1 - Berg, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1213 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Ernest Chausson,  Igor Stravinsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Egon Petri,  Joseph Szigeti,  Jean Casadesus
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    2008 New York State School Music Association: All-state String Orchestra & All-s
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 8222 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Leroy Anderson,  Josef Suk,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Anthony Maiello,  Ann Danis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NYSSMA All-State Symphony Orchestra,  NYSSMA All-State String Orchestra
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  • 41.
    New Year's Concert At Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall / Valery Gergiev, Et Al
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 31 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Borodin,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Yefim Bronfman
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Stravinsky: Petrushka & Firebird Suites; Debussy / Stokowski
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 69116 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Claude Debussy
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Orff: Carmina Burana;  Stravinsky: Firebird / Stokowski
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65207 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Virginia Babikian,  Clyde Hager,  Guy Gardner
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra,  Houston Symphony Chorale,  Houston Youth Symphony Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 44.
    Lpo 75th Anniversary Vol 2 / Pritchard, Solti, Haitink
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 98 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  John McCabe,  Malcolm Arnold,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Rodney Friend,  Nicholas Busch,  Ian Partridge,  Heather Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Sir Georg Solti,  John Pritchard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Strauss, Mozart, Stravinsky / Bohm, Cologne Rso
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95591 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Dg Concerts - 2006/2007 - Ravel, Stravinsky / Maazel, Nypo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000977202 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 47.
    A Forgotten Conductor Vol 3 - Beethoven, Etc / Oskar Fried
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1198 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Igor Stravinsky,  Franz Liszt,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Oscar Fried
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra members
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  • 48.
    Russian Expressions / The United States Air Force Band
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11167 Release Date: 06/19/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rodion Shchedrin,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Lowell Graham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band
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  • 49.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Ravel: La Valse / Cluytens
    Label: Arts Music   Catalog: 43055 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Original Masters - Pierre Monteux - Decca And Philips Recordings 1956-1964
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000797902 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Claude Monteux,  Julius Katchen
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
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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