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1 Senior Music Appreciation Mr. Swonger, instructor The Life of Igor Stravinsky

2 Early Life Born in 1882 in Oraniembaum, Russia Born in 1882 in Oraniembaum, Russia Originally studied to be a lawyer, but later changed to composition. Originally studied to be a lawyer, but later changed to composition.

3 Early Life At the age of 20 he began studying with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakav, a prominent Russian composer. At the age of 20 he began studying with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakav, a prominent Russian composer.

4 Compositions At the age of 20, Stravinsky gained the attention of Sergei Diaghilev, whom commissioned him to write the ballet L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird). At the age of 20, Stravinsky gained the attention of Sergei Diaghilev, whom commissioned him to write the ballet L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird). In 1910 he left for Paris, leaving Russia for the first time. In 1910 he left for Paris, leaving Russia for the first time. While here he wrote two new ballets, Petrushka and Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) While here he wrote two new ballets, Petrushka and Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)

5 Compositions The Rite of Spring is probably Stravinsky’s most popular compositions. The Rite of Spring is probably Stravinsky’s most popular compositions. It is known for its strong dissonance throughout the entire work. It is known for its strong dissonance throughout the entire work. At it’s debut a riot ensued in which police were necessary to control the crowd. At it’s debut a riot ensued in which police were necessary to control the crowd.

6 Compositions There was almost no form of music that Stravinsky did not write at some point in his life. There was almost no form of music that Stravinsky did not write at some point in his life. He wrote everything from concertos to symphonies and oratorios. He wrote everything from concertos to symphonies and oratorios. He is most famous for his ballet works, however. He is most famous for his ballet works, however.

7 Compositions Stravinsky used nearly every style of musical notation from the 20 th century. Stravinsky used nearly every style of musical notation from the 20 th century. Most notably he used much tonal, polytonal, and 12-tone serialism. Most notably he used much tonal, polytonal, and 12-tone serialism.

8 Later Life Jan 23, 1906 Stravinsky married Katerina Nossenko. They were married for 33 years. Jan 23, 1906 Stravinsky married Katerina Nossenko. They were married for 33 years. He would later marry Vera de Bosset, whom he had an affair with. He would later marry Vera de Bosset, whom he had an affair with. In 1939 he moved to the United States, where he composed many works. In 1939 he moved to the United States, where he composed many works. He died in 1971 in the United States. He died in 1971 in the United States. He continued to compose music until his death He continued to compose music until his death

9 Impact The Rite of Spring saw a change in the use of motive material. Notes would be added or subtracted without any regard to time signature. The Rite of Spring saw a change in the use of motive material. Notes would be added or subtracted without any regard to time signature.

10 Impact Used ostinato patterns that were not for accompaniment. Used ostinato patterns that were not for accompaniment. He would put several ostinatos against each other to create whole passages. This was not done until he used it in The Rite of Spring. He would put several ostinatos against each other to create whole passages. This was not done until he used it in The Rite of Spring.

11 Impact Stravinsky was known for his use of innovative combinations of instruments in his works. Stravinsky was known for his use of innovative combinations of instruments in his works. He experimented extensively with the extreme registers of instruments. The Rite of Spring utilized the extreme high register of the bassoon in the opening statement. He experimented extensively with the extreme registers of instruments. The Rite of Spring utilized the extreme high register of the bassoon in the opening statement.

12 Popularity Considered to be one of the most influential composers of the 20 th century. Considered to be one of the most influential composers of the 20 th century. Time magazine considered him one of the most influential people of the century. Time magazine considered him one of the most influential people of the century.

13 References Wikipedia, Igor Stravinsky ky Wikipedia, Igor Stravinsky ky ky ky Time Magazine, Igor Stravinsky /profile/stravinsky.html Time Magazine, Igor Stravinsky /profile/stravinsky.html /profile/stravinsky.html /profile/stravinsky.html


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