“Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (17 June [O.S. 5 June] 1882 – 6 April 1971) was a Russian-born, naturalized French, later naturalized American composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and influential composers of 20th century music. He was a quintessentially cosmopolitan Russian who was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the century. He became a naturalized French citizen in 1934 and a naturalized US citizen in 1945. In addition to the recognition he received for his compositions, he also achieved fame as a pianist and a conductor, often at the premieres of his works”. – Wikipedia

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). Circa 1930

“Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and performed by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (Russian Ballets): The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911/1947), and The Rite of Spring (1913). The Rite, whose premiere provoked a riot, transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure, and was largely responsible for Stravinsky's enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary, pushing the boundaries of musical design”. – Wikipedia

Artists of the Ballet Russe at Diaghilev's villa “Belerive”, near Lausanne, in the summer of 1915. Left to right: the dancer Leonid Massine (1896–1979) artist-designer Natalia Gontcharova, composer Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971), seated, artist-designers Mikhail Larionov, and Leon Bakst (1866–1924). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). July 1915

“After this first Russian phase Stravinsky turned to neoclassicism in the 1920s. The works from this period tended to make use of traditional musical forms (concerto grosso, fugue, symphony), frequently concealed a vein of intense emotion beneath a surface appearance of detachment or austerity, and often paid tribute to the music of earlier masters, for example J.S. Bach and Tchaikovsky.

In the 1950s he adopted serial procedures, using the new techniques over his last twenty years. Stravinsky's compositions of this period share traits with examples of his earlier output: rhythmic energy, the construction of extended melodic ideas out of a few two- or three-note cells, and clarity of form, of instrumentation, and of utterance”. – Wikipedia

Tamara Platonova Karasavina (1885–1978), Russian-born British ballet dancer as the doll in the ballet “Petrouchka”. Music by Igor Stravinsky, choreography by Mikhail Fokine, and designs by Alexandre Benois. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Composer Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971) (right) and impresario Sergei Diaghilev in Seville during their Ballets Russes collaboration. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

83 year-old Russian composer and conductor Igor Stravinsky conducts the New Philharmonic Orchestra during a concert of his work at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England, 1965. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

The 79-year old Russian composer (now an American citizen), Igor Stravinsky with walking stick close by, while at the rehearsal of the BBC Symphony Orchestra which he will conduct through two concerts of his works. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images). 1961

Russian-born composer, conductor, pianist and writer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky at work. Works include the opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex (1927) the melodrama Pers+phone (1934), and the ballet Apollo Musag-tes (1928, later retitled Apollo). During his lifetime, Stravinsky used many musical styles, a Russian-nationalist style, primitivism, jazz, Neo-Classicism, bitonality (simultaneous use of two keys), atonality, and serialism. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images). 8th December 1958

Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer who was born in St Petersburg during the recording of his opera “The Rake's Progress” in London. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images). 1964

Russian born composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky at a concert performance. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images). 1968

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, left, and Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, at the Royal College of Music, London. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images). 28th June 1964

American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–1963) with his wife Jackie Kennedy (1929–1994), and Igor Stravinsky and Vera Stravinsky, in Washington. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Russian composer Igor Fedorovich Stravinsky conducting a recording of his opera “The Rake's Progress”. (Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images). 1964
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