Stravinsky: The Second Exile: France and America, 1934 - 1971

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Random House, Sep 30, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 752 pages
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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 him 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 Symphony in C, and achieve a new level of fame as a conductor and concert pianist 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 agonised 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 his 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.

Based on exhaustive research, Stephen Walsh uncovers new and controversial material, making this the second volume of the most definitive biography of the most significant and influential composer of the twentieth century.

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Stravinsky: the second exile: France and America, 1934-1971

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This is the second and final volume of musicologist/critic Walshƒ¯‚¿‚½s highly regarded biography of composer Igor Stravinsky (the first,Stravinsky: A Creative Spring; Russia and France, 1882 ... Read full review

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Whew. Suuuper dry, this book is. Completely exhaustive, but in a details-only sort of way. I feel like I have a good understanding of exactly what Stravinsky was doing nearly every day of the last 40 years of his life, but still feel no closer to really understanding what he was like. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Stephen Walsh is a critic and musicologist who has written and broadcast extensively on Stravinsky and many other aspects of twentieth-century music. He was for some years a music critic with the Observer and The Times, and now writes for the Independent. The widely praised first volume of the present biography, Stravinsky: A Creative Spring, won the Royal Philharmonic Society prize for best music book of the year 2000. Stephen Walsh currently holds a personal chair in the music department of Cardiff University.

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