Igor Stravinsky, an unclassifiable composer, was accustomed to music from a very early age in particularly thanks to his father who was a famous bass at the St. Petersburg Opera. From Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, one of his teachers, he retained orchestral luxuriance and his first works were imbued with the shimmering colours of Russian folklore. His encounter with Diaghilev, who commissioned The Firebird ballet (1910), would determine the young composer’s future. Stravinsky began to travel and his insolent and disconcerting art made a name for him beyond the Russian frontiers.
Igor Stravinsky’s ballets caused a sensation in Paris. Although Debussy, Ravel and Schmitt were in raptures about the composer, the first performance of The Rite of Spring in 1913 in the new Théâtre des Champs-Elysées caused one of the greatest scandals in the history of art. Without ever constraining his musical language, Stravinsky spent the years of the First World War in Switzerland integrating jazz into his universe and composing new scores of pure simplicity.
Igor Stravinsky’s music cannot be classified but has always been a reference for modernity, originality and inventiveness. Whether it be the musical pastiches of Pulccinella, the religious fervour of his Mass (1951) or the serial and modern techniques in Canticum Sacrum, Stravinsky is indefinable. With his grating humour or violent rhythms, Stravinsky’s music was essential for future generations. Exiled in California from 1939 onwards, Stravinsky died in 1971 aged eighty-nine. He was buried in Venice, the city he most loved.
Archives from the 1960s
With the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra
Europakonzert 1995, Florence
Julie Taymor (stage director), Seiji Ozawa (con...
Private music lessons
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Inside...
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven's Symphony No. 4, Sibelius's Symphony...
Pianomania! Festival in Lisbon
Highlights from the 2018 festival in Lisbon
Deauville Easter Festival
Pompeii's Grand Theater
The Orchestre de Paris celebrates 50 years
The Orchestre de Paris at the Aix-en-Provence F...
A documentary by Reiner E. Moritz
Recital for two pianos at the Fondation Louis V...
Verbier Festival 2013
Mind in the Wilderness
With Valery Gergiev
London Symphony Orchestra. 1966
Peter Sellars (stage director), Teodor Currentz...
Celebrating 50 years of the International Music...