Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

И́горь Фёдорович Страви́нский

    Igor Stravinsky was born June 17th 1882 in Oranienbaum a suburb in Saint Petersburg. This is where Stravinsky was raised by his parents. His father Fyodor Stravinsky was a bass singer in the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. The stravinsky family was of noble polish decent thanks to Stravinskys grandfather.

    Stravinsky started taking piano lessons as a young boy, along with music theory and composition. By the time he was 15 he mastered a Mendelssohn Piano concerto in G minor adn was gifted in the musical art. However dispite this his parents still expected him to pursue a career in law. The same year Stravinskys father died of cancer, Stravinsky started paying more attention to studying music rather than law. He ended up getting a half-diploma in law and pursued a career in music.

    Igor Stravinsky focused mainly on contemporary music. He moved to France for a time and gained a lot of influence from french composers such as Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, however he kept his nationalistic Russian influences as well. You can hear how Stravinsky's compositions are influenced in many of his pieces, one of his greatest works is called The Rite of Spring, which is a ballet and orchestral concert written by Stravinsky while in Paris. It was considered one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.

The Rite Of Spring Full Suite.

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