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    Stravinsky, A Creative Spring: Russia and France, 1882-1934 - Stephen Walsh
    Call Number: ML 410.S932 W345 1999
    ISBN: 9780679414841
    Publication Date: 1999-10-26
    Widely regarded the greatest composer of the twentieth century, Igor Stravinsky was central to the development of modernism in art. Deeply influential and wonderfully productive, he is remembered for dozens of masterworks, from "The Firebird" and "The Rite of Spring" to "The Rake's Progress," but no dependable biography of him exists.
    Previous studies have relied too heavily on his own unreliable memoirs and conversations, and until now no biographer has possessed both the musical knowledge to evaluate his art and the linguistic proficiency needed to explore the documentary background of his life--a life whose span extended from tsarist Russia to Switzerland, France, and ultimately the United States.

    In this revealing volume, the first of two, Stephen Walsh follows Stravinsky from his birth in 1882 to 1934. He traces the composer's early Russian years in new and fascinating detail, laying bare the complicated relationships within his family and showing how he first displayed his extraordinary talents within the provincial musical circle around his teacher, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. Stravinsky's brilliantly creative involvement with the Ballets Russes is illuminated by a sharp sense of the internal artistic politics that animated the group. Portraying Stravinsky's circumstances in France trying to make his living as a conductor and pianist as well as a composer while beset by emotional and financial demands, Walsh reveals the true roots of his notorious obsession with money during the 1920,s and describes with sympathy the nature of his long affair with Vera Sudeykina. While always respecting Stravinsky's own insistence that life and art be kept distinct, Stravinsky makes clear precisely how the development of his music was connected to his life and to the intellectual environment in which he found himself.

    Stephen Walsh, long established as an expert on Stravinsky's music, has drawn upon a vast array of material, much of it unpublished or unavailable in English, to bring the man himself, in all his color and genius, to glowing life. Written with elegance and energy, comprehensive, balanced, and original, Stravinsky, A Creative Spring is essential reading for anyone interested in the adventure of art in our time.

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    Stravinsky, The Second Exile: France and America, 1934-1971 - Stephen Walsh
    Call Number: ML 410 .S932 W357 2006
    ISBN: 9780375407529
    Publication Date: 2006-01
    In 1934, Igor Stravinsky was fifty-two, a Russian expatriate living in Paris and already regarded by many as the most important composer of his generation. Stravinsky, The Second Exile follows Stravinsky through the remainder of his long life, which he would spend largely in the United States. These are the years during which he would compose such masterworks as "The Rake's Progress" and the "Symphony in C," and achieve a new level of fame as a conductor in his own right.

    In this second and final volume of Stephen Walsh's acclaimed biography, the author traces and illuminates Stravinsky's increasingly complex and often agonized family life and his crucially important relationship with his associate Robert Craft. As a musicologist and critic Walsh is able to speak with authority and wit not only about Stravinsky's life, but also about his work, expertly following the composer's musical journey from the neoclassicism of this late French and early American periods, through his early essays in serial technique, and on finally to the astonishing complexities of this protean genius's final works.

    On the basis of exhaustive research, Stephen Walsh uncovers new and controversial material, making this concluding second volume the most definitive biography of Igor Stravinsky.

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