Over the years, Stravinsky experimented with and transformed many 20th Century musical techniques including Neo-classicism, polytonal styles, and 12-tone serialism. Though his compositions were influenced by Russia’s expressive folk music and the romantic orchestrations of his famous teacher, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, his own voice was always present through his unique, energetic, rhythmic drive.
Stravinsky is also famous for his cosmopolitan lifestyle. He travelled the world and became a citizen in both France and the United States. He had numerous affairs with influential women, including Coco Chanel, and his second wife, dancer and artist Vera de Bosset. He was also close friends with composer Claude Debussy, author Aldous Huxley, and artist Pable Picasso.
Igor Stravinsky was an energetic, charismatic, musical revolutionary that never stopped evolving and experimenting. His personal life was as interesting and controversial as his musical creations. Learn more from Lincoln City Libraries!
Stravinsky in Pictures and Documents - by Vera Stravinsky & Robert Craft
Stravinsky - The Second Exile: France & America (1934-1971) - by Stephen Walsh
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky - (2009) Sony Pictures
The Firebird: Russian Fairy Tale - Seattle Symphony OrchestraThe Rite of Spring - London Symphony Orchestra