This is a biography of Igor Stravinsky, who is seen as a great inventor andiscoverer of modern music, a figure comparable to his close friend andontemporary Pablo Picasso. The book traces the influences that formedtravinsky's style, setting all his major works in context. It devotesarticular attention to his childhood in pre-Revolutionary Russia, whoseormative influence Stravinsky acknowledged later in life. His discovery byhe impresario Diaghilev, his fruitful collaborations with suchhoreographers as Mikhail Fokine and George Balanchine, and with many of thereat dancers (Nijinsky, Karavina), painters and designers (Bakst, Picasso)f his time are fully described, as well as his many productive relationshipsith such writers as Cocteau, Gide and W.H. Auden. Above all, the bookoncentrates on Stravinsky's creativity, describing how his musical mindorked and relating this to his complex personality.;This text is part of the0th-century composers series, examining composers in a biographical context,nd offering a comprehensive study of key figures in the creation of
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