Dedicated to "the people of the State of Israel" 8 Instrumental Miniatures 2 Flutes, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, harp, celesta, violins, violas, cellos, basses Pieces Variations 2 Piccolos, 2 flutes, alto flute, English horn, bass clarinet, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 12 violins, 10 violas, 8 cellos, 6 basses Variations In memory of Aldous Huxley Elegy for J. Kennedy by W. Stravinsky wrote it for the opening ceremonies of the newly built New York State Theater Canon on a Popular Russian Tune Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 3 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, piano, harp, violins, violas, cellos, basses Canons The popular Russian tune is the finale from The Firebird Introitus Tenors, basses, harp, piano, 2 timpani, viola, double bass Introits Premiered in Chicago. Conducted by Robert Craft.
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Date: October 18, Author: andypease 0 Comments Born in Russia, Igor Stravinsky was on track to become a lawyer until he began composition studies with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
He started his career in Paris with three ballets written for choreographer Sergei Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes : The Firebird , Petrushka , and The Rite of Spring , the last of which is legendary for causing a riot at its premiere. The Rite especially was a model of neo-primitivism , in which Stravinsky used very small cells of notes to create orchestral textures that often featured intense, driving rhythms.
In the s he largely abandoned his primitivist tendencies and began writing consciously Neoclassical music, which at first baffled his contemporaries, although not as much as his turn to serialism in the s. Still, his music remained popular, and he was consistently seen as a bold and hugely influential composer, perhaps one of the most important of the 20th century. His reputation endures today, with hundreds if not thousands of performances of his works happening every year.
He died an American citizen, having moved to California in In it, he distilled American jazz through his own compositional lens. It was introduced by that orchestra in a memorable concerto at Carnegie Hall, New York, on March 25, , to the acclaim of public and critics alike. Igor Stravinsky is one of the greatest and most representative figures in modern-day music.
His music has shocked, delighted, amazed, and irritated, but never bored people. His creativeness, invention, and deep sense of the modern, matched the characteristics of the Herman Orchestra. In truth, this origin story is somewhat romanticized. Regardless, Stravinsky did possess enough affinity for jazz that he did not hesitate in completing the project. The interpretations on these recordings have now become standard.
The tunes mentioned in the program notes give great context to what inspired Stravinsky. So much has been written about him in print that the Internet hardly does him justice. Share this:.
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List of works by Igor Stravinsky