Presentation on theme: " Born on July 18 th on 1882 in Oraienbaum, Russia Third of four children 3 brothers: Roman, Youry, and Goury Married to his first cousin, Catherine,"— Presentation transcript:
Born on July 18 th on 1882 in Oraienbaum, Russia Third of four children 3 brothers: Roman, Youry, and Goury Married to his first cousin, Catherine, on January 24 th, 1906
Avid reader Began to learn piano at the age of 9 Came to know the work of Rimsky- Korsakov Relationship with his father was usually a hostile one At 16, Stravinsky began to attend many operas the Maryinsky Theatre
Despite his musical interest he attended St. Petersburg University from 1901-1905. Criminal law and legal philosophy. His father died in 1902 Rimsky-Korsakov encouraged him to take music lessons
Private lessons with Rimsky-Korsakov for six years › Father figure in Stravinsky’s life › First music teacher Began to develop his own music style Stravinsky tried to expose himself to the concert life of St. Petersburg › Found it dull and uninteresting for the most part
Diaghilev invited Stravinsky to write the score for “The Firebird” (ballet) First international success Use of irregular rhythms and harsh dissonances Used fantasy
Used fantasy Ninjinsky was appointed the choreographer One of the most complex pieces of music Premier was an uproar due to the music and dancing Riot broke out between Pro-Stravinsky and Anti-Stravinsky and about 50 people were taken into custody
Stravinsky blamed the failure of the first performance on the failure of Nijinsky to coordinate the dancers in such a way that accompanied the music. Performed a few more times April 5 th, 1914: concert performance was given in Paris and was a success
During the war he was cut off from Russia and was staying in Switzerland Composed many Russian folk works to sooth his homesickness “Les Noces”- precedent for “Histoire du soldat”
Completely new venture 4 main reasons › First work created in the absence of Dhiagilev’s contribution › Presented as a traveling theatre with two or three characters and a small number of instruments › Turned away from Russian folk influences › Admits jazz into his work
After “Histoire du Soldat” he continued to change his musical style He was recomposing incomplete fragments of early music
“Pulcinella” was the last work he composed in Switzerland. Went back to Paris Marked the end of his “Russian” works Remade Tchaikovsky's ballet, “The Sleeping Beauty” Music was taking a step toward neoclassicism and structure in an instrumental peice
Began to write purely instrumental pieces Began to conduct his own pieces and play the piano Began to travel First appeared in America in 1925 › Greeted by praise and full houses
Didn’t know what language to write his next dramatic work in Decided on Latin and chose a classical Greek myth for the subject. “Oedipus Rex” Opera oratorio- opera sung to the audience rather than the characters. Not much of a success
Ballet based on a fairy tale by Hans Anderson White ballet- the art is revealed in all its purity, without dramatic conflicts or contrasts First work Stravinsky had done with a company other than the Ballets Russes.
Next development was religious works. “Symphony of Psalms”- Large scale symphonic piece Began to work with composition of works for a solo instrument
Sept. 20 th 1939 Stravinsky arrived in New York City to live in America March 9 th 1940 He married Vera Bosset and they settles in Los Angeles › Stravinsky was 58 Asked to do movie scores, but he never did any
“Danses Concertantes” – Abstract ballet Composed more religious works › “Babel” and “The Ode” “Babel”-First time Stravinsky used an English text Went back to abstract ballet- “Scenes de Ballet”
Died in 1971 Stravinsky continued to compose until his death Death caused by a series of illnesses
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