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Memories and Commentaries: New One-Volume Edition (2002)

by Igor Stravinsky, Robert Craft

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Few would dispute that Igor Stravinsky was the greatest composer of the twentieth century. Conductor and writer Robert Craft was his closest colleague and friend. Together they published five acclaimed collections known as the Conversations series, which sprung from informal talks between the two men. In this newly edited and re-structured one-volume version, Craft brings Stravinsky's reflections on his childhood, his family life, professional associates, and personal relationships into sharper focus and places the major compositions in their cultural milieux.… (more)

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From the early 1950s until Stravinsky's death in 1971, Craft, awriter and conductor, accompanied the famed composer on his concert tours and even co-conducted his concerts. Between 1958 and 1969 they published five books together, known collectively as the Conversations. This new work is a one-volume version of those five and was compiled by and contains new material by Craft. Entries are presented in order following the stages of Stravinsky's life: Russian,Swiss, French, and American. At Craft's prodding, Stravinsky talks about his early musical experiences as a pianist and accompanist, his memories of other composers, the creation of the Firebird and other works, and his relationship with his family. He recalls his friendships with such celebrated people as Matisse, Picasso, Rodin,Debussy, Monet, and others. The book's final section deals with the composer's life in California and the music he created there, and what Craft calls "perspectives of an octogenarian." This is a fascinating portrait of the composer and the geniuses in his circle of friends. George Cohen

For the first time in one volume--the celebrated Stravinsky and Craft Conversations.

Few would dispute that Igor Stravinsky was the greatest composer of the twentieth century. Conductor and writer Robert Craft was his closest colleague and friend, and for over twenty-one years he lived with the Stravinskys in their Hollywood home. In the early 1950s he accompanied the composer on his concert tours, and from the mid-1950s to Stravinsky's death in 1971 he co-conducted his concerts. Together Stravinsky and Craft published five acclaimed collections known as the Conversations series, which sprung from informal talks between the two men.

In this newly edited and re-structured one-volume version, Craft brings Stravinsky's reflections on his childhood, his family life, professional associates, and personal relationships into sharper focus and places the major compositions in their cultural milieux. The Conversations books are the only published writing attributed to Stravinsky that are actually "by him" in terms of fidelity to his thoughts and opinions, making this volume required reading for all fans and students of Stravinsky's music.
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