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Igor Stravinsky (20th Century Composers)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0714831581, Paperback)From his unhappy childhood in St. Petersburg through his years in Paris and the United States, from The Nightingale through The Owl and the Pussycat, British writer Michael Oliver traces the life and work of Igor Stravinsky. His landmark ballet, The Rite of Spring is thought of as a classic today, but it inspired riots at its Paris premiere in 1913. Oliver follows Stravinsky's work from juvenilia through modernism and serialism and back to tonalism in an easily accessible biography, part of the Phaidon Press Limited 20th Century Composers series. This book, which never gets too technical, makes a good start for anyone with a growing interest in Stravinsky and his music. There is a guide to his works and to other biographies in the back of the book.
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This is a comprehensive biography of Stravinsky for the general reader, placing his work in the context of his times. The book concentrates on his creativity, describing how his musical mind worked and related to his complex and fascinating personality.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
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