Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky
Los Angeles Times


Igor Stravinsky
Radio: South side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born June 17, 1882 in Lomonosov, Russian Federation
Died April 6, 1971 in New York, NY

Igor Stravinsky is the most famous, the most celebrated, the most recorded, perhaps the most influential composer of the 20th Century. Yet his reputation among the broader concert-going public is based almost exclusively on three early works, none originally intended for concert performance. They are the three ballet scores: "The Firebird" (1910), "Petrushka" (1911) and "Le Sacre du Printemps" (1913).

Whether the composer ever again wrote music as original, as accessible or, in the case of "Sacre," as irresistibly controversial, is a moot point. Orchestras keep programming, audiences keep demanding and the record companies keep recording the big three not only because they sell, but because they are considered fit vehicles to enhance the reputations of young conductors.

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