Stravinsky: A Creative Spring: Russia and France, 1882-1934
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Stravinsky: A Creative Spring: Russia and France, 1882-1934 (Stravinsky #1)

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Widely regarded as the greatest composer of the twentieth century, Igor Stravinsky was central to the development of modernism in art, yet no dependable biography of him exists. Previous studies have drawn too heavily from his own unreliable memoirs and conversations, and until now no biographer has possessed both the musical knowledge to evaluate his art and the linguisti...more
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published October 26th 1999 by Knopf (first published 1999)
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This book was very good, and very thorough - it is very long and only covers the first 50 years of Stravinsky's life (he was close to 90 when he died). It's mostly a biography, but focuses primarily on Stravinsky's musical activities, tracing his influences, stylistic shifts, and the creation of each of his works during those fifty years. Stravinsky and his music are fascinating, and Walsh definitely satifies that fascination.
Walsh's research and scholarship are excellent - he's complete and tho...more
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Eerste deel van een lijvige biografie van Stravinsky. Het is vooral een "reactie op"-biografie, die probeert Stravinsky's mystificaties van zijn eigen leven te ontkrachten door veel contemporain materiaal en correspondentie van betrokkenen te raadplegen. Er wordt vooral meticuleus aandacht besteed aan precieze chronologie en Walsh volgt dan ook op het absurde af waar de componist zich op welk moment bevindt. Zodoende is dit een biografie voor mensen die al veel over Stravinsky weten, want de hoe...more
Full of great info and interesting personal reflections by Stravinsky on his own writing process. Maybe too much info, if that's possible, on Stravinsky's detailed financial dealings with every orchestra and dance company throughout Europe and America. Gets to be a bit overbearing after not too long.
I like this book...but I'll never finish it. A Modigliani postcard has marked the Petrouchka premiere for a year now. When I think 'Stravinsky,' I hunch down in front of my stereo; I don't go to the bookshelf.
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