Igor Stravinsky Birthday (June 17th)

Igor Stravinsky Birthday (June 17th)

Igor Stravinsky was a famous Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He was born on June 17, 1882 in Orianenbaum, Russia. His Genres are Symphony, Music Theater, Vocal Music, Concerto, keyboard music.

He has no sound training in piano as that of any other upper-class child. He had his training from his father who knows basics of piano. In 1905, he married his cousin, Katerina Nossenko. His two children, Fyodor was born in 1907 and Ludmilla was born in 1908 respectively. He was admitted in law school and he started his own compositions and orchestration studies with Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Stravinsky spent the war years in Switzerland with his family and then returned to France in 1920. His jazz-inflected essays, Ragtime (1918) and The Soldier's Tale (1918) – laid the way to one of the composer's most significant aesthetic turns. The neo-Classical stiffness of works as assorted as the ballet Pulcinella (1919-1920), the Symphony of Psalms (1930) and the opera The Rake's Progress (1948-1951) made a extensive bang and had a special influence upon American composers that looked to Stravinsky as its primary model.

After he lost his daughter, wife and his mother within less than one year, he went to America and settled in California. Robert Craft became his musical assistant who looks after rehearsals of Stravinsky’s works by traveling with him.

His extensive output includes good compositions of every kind; creative ideas in rhythms, harmony had a huge influence on the 20th century musicians. Stravinsky's compositional career was famous for its stylistic variety. He got international fame with his three ballets designed by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and performed by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

In 1959, Stravinsky was given the Sonning Award which is Denmark’s musical honour. In spite of his declining health during his last five years, he didn’t stopped continuing compositions till his death in 1971 in New York.

Igor Stravinsky Works

1898 – Tarantella
1902 - Scherzo, Storm Cloud (A. Pushkin)
1904 - Sonate f-sharp Minor, Cantata, The Mushrooms go to War
1906 – Tarantula
1907 - Symphony in E-flat Major, op.1, Faun et bergère (Faun and Shepherdess) (A. Pushkin), op.2, Pastorale
1908 - Deux mélodies (S. Gorodetzkij), op.6 , Scherzo fantastique , Feu d'Artifice (Fireworks), op.4 , Chant funèbre, op.5 , Quatre Etudes (Four Studies), op. 7
1910 - L'Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird), Deux poèmes (P. Verlaine), op.9
1911 - Petrushka , Deux poèmes (K. Balmont)
1912 - Le roi des étoiles (The King of the Stars) (K. Balmont)
1913 - Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), Trois poésies de la lyrique japonaise (Three Japanese Lyrics), Souvenir de mon enfance (Recollections of my Childhood)
1914 - Le Rossignol (The Nightingale), Three Pieces , Pribaoutki , Valse des Fleurs
1915 - Three Easy Pieces for Piano Four Hands, Souvenir d'une Marche Boche
1916 - Berceuses du Chat (Cat's Cradle Songs), Renard
1917 - Chant du Rossignol (Song of the Nightingale) , Five Easy Pieces for Piano Four Hands , Trois histoires pour enfants , Valse pour les Enfants , Saucers (Four Russian Peasant Songs) , Canons , Study , Berceuse
1918 - Duet, Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Tale), Ragtime
1919 - Four Russian Songs, Piano Rag Music, Three Pieces
1920 - Pulcinella, Concertino, Symphonies of Wind Instruments
1921 - Le cinq doigts (The Five Fingers), Suite Nr. 2
1922 – Mavra
1923 - Octet, Les Noces (The Wedding)
1924 - Concerto for Piano, Sonate
1925 - Serenade in A for Piano, Suite Nr. 1 for Chamber Orchestra
1926 - Pater Noster
1927 - Oedipus Rex
1928 - Apollon Musagète, Four Etudes for Orchestra , Le Baiser de la Fée (The Fairy's Kiss)
1929 – Capriccio
1930 - Symphony of Psalms
1931 - Violin Concerto in D
1932 - Duo concertant, Credo
1933 – Perséphone
1934 - Ave Maria, Concerto
1936 - Jeu de cartes Ballet for Orchestra
1937 – Preludium
1938 - Petit Ramusianum Harmonique, Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks)
1940 - Symphony in C, Tango
1942 - Danses concertantes, Circus Polka (for a young elephant), Four Norwegian Moods
1943 – Ode
1944 - Babel, Sonata, Scherzo à la Russe, Scènes de Ballet , Elégie
1945 - Symphony in Three Movements, Ebony Concerto
1946 - Concerto in D (Basler Concerto)
1947 - Canon for 2 Voices - Hommage à Nadja Boulanger , Orpheus
1948 – Mass
1951 - The Rake's Progress
1952 - Cantata on Medieval English Verses
1953 - Septet, Three Songs from Shakespeare
1954 - Four Songs, Two Poems of K. Balmont , In Memoriam Dylan Thomas
1955 - Greeting Prelude, Canticum Sacrum
1957 – Agon
1958 - Threni: id est Lamentationes Jeremiae prophetae
1959 - Movements, Epitaphium , Double Canon
1961 - A Sermon, a Narrative and a Prayer
1962 - Anthem, Eight Instrumental Miniatures, The Flood
1963 - Abraham and Isaac
1964 - Elegy for J. F. K., Fanfare for a new Theate , Variations
1965 - Introitus , Canon
1966 - Requiem Canticles, The Owl and the Pussy Cat

Famous Works of Igor Stravinsky

  • Writings
  • Stravinsky, Igor, Stravinsky: An Autobiography, Simon & Schuster, 1936.
  • Stravinsky, Igor, Poetics of Muse, Harvard University Press, 1942.
  • Compositions
  • Tarantella, 1898.
  • Symphony in E-flat Major, Opus 1, 1907.
  • L'Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird) (ballet), 1910.
  • Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (ballet), 1913.
  • Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier'sTale), 1918.
  • Mavra (an opera), 1922.
  • Oedipus Rex, 1927.
  • Jeu de Cartes (ballet), 1936.
  • Four Norwegian Moods, 1942.
  • The Rake's Progress (opera), 1951.
  • In Memoriam Dylan Thomas, 1954.
  • Agon (ballet), 1957.
  • Elegy for J.F.K., 1964.
  • Requiem Canticles, 1966.

Igor Stravinsky Quotes

“Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.”
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“Just as appetite comes from eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning”
- Igor Stravinsky Quotes

“In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?”
- Igor Stravinsky Quotes

“The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting, any more than it has any reason for ending”
- Igor Stravinsky Quotes

“Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.”
- Igor Stravinsky Quotes

“Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.”
- Igor Stravinsky Quotes

“The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.”
- Igor Stravinsky Quotes

“My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey.”
- Igor Stravinsky Quotes

“To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.”
- Igor Stravinsky Quotes

“Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.”
- Igor Stravinsky Quotes