Stravinsky: A Creative Spring: Russia and France, 1882-1934
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

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

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  4 reviews

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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 55)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Carol
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
Gijs Grob
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
Matt
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.
Eric
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.
Dennis
Dennis marked it as to-read
Apr 14, 2014
Liz
Liz marked it as to-read
Mar 11, 2014
Carilu
Carilu marked it as to-read
Mar 04, 2014
Provichance
Provichance marked it as to-read
Feb 25, 2014
Peyton
Peyton marked it as to-read
Jan 10, 2014
Cloe
Cloe marked it as to-read
Jan 06, 2014
Darcy
Darcy marked it as to-read
Jan 04, 2014
John
John marked it as to-read
Nov 26, 2013
Robby
Robby marked it as to-read
Aug 22, 2013
Louisa
Louisa marked it as to-read
Aug 16, 2013
Wayne
Wayne marked it as to-read
Jun 21, 2013
Martin Read
Martin Read marked it as to-read
May 09, 2013
Tamela
Tamela marked it as to-read
Feb 19, 2013
Lobstergirl
Lobstergirl marked it as to-read
Jan 22, 2013
Crystal
Crystal marked it as to-read
Dec 24, 2012
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.
More about Stephen Walsh...
Stravinsky: The Second Exile: France and America, 1934-1971 The Music of Stravinsky Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex Heartache Spoken Here The New Grove Stravinsky

Share This Book