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Igor Stravinsky Essay

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Igor Stravinsky was a Russian Composer, pianist, and conductor born June 17, 1882. He is considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Igor’s composing career was noted for being creative and different.
Igor’s life at school was lonely he once said that he felt no body had any attraction to him. Igor start piano lessons as a young boy he started studying music and started trying to compose. Though he loved music and his parents knew that they expected Igor to go into law. He attended school at the University of Saint Petersburg but took about 50 classes in the 4 years there. The summer after he stayed with a composer and his family where Rimsky-Korsakov one of the most famous composers of those times suggested that Igor not go into law and take some private lessons instead. Igor’s father died that same year in which Igor had already started spending more time on music than on law. The university was closed for 2 moths because of bloody Sunday. In that that time Igor couldn’t take his final test and got a half diploma after that he switched his focuses completely onto music. Igor continued to take private lessons from Rimsky-Korsakov until Rimsky’s death in 1908. In 1905 he got engaged to his cousin whom he had known sense childhood. Though the church was not happy with marrying first cousins they got married in 1906. They had 2 children soon after born in 1907 and 1908. Igor than put on 2 orchestral works that were heard by a guy planning on presenting Russian ballet and opera’s in Paris he than asked Igor to carry out some orchestras and a full-length ballet.
After the success of the premiere of The Firebirds Igor become one of the most popular composers, and in 1910 him and his wife had th...

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...insky found recordings an easy and useful tool in keeping his thoughts on the interpretation of his music. As a conductor of his own music he recorded primarily for Columbia Records, beginning in 1928 with a performance of the original suite from The Firebird and concluding in 1967 with the 1945 suite from the same ballet. During his lifetime, Stravinsky appeared on several telecasts, including the 1962 world premiere of The Flood on CBS television. Although he made an appearance the actual performance was conducted by Robert Craft. Numerous films and videos of the composer have been preserved. Igor also published many books in his career sometimes with unaccredited help from some friends.
In 1969, Igor moved to the Essex House in New York where he lived until he died in 1971 at age 88 of heart failure. He was buried at San Michele close to the tomb of Diaghilev.
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