Igor Stravinsky

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Rebirth and New Dimensions of Music
 The son of an opera
singer
 Hours in the opera house
gave birth to his love of
music
Stravinsky
studied Law at
the university at
St. Petersburg
After the death of
his father Igor felt
a sense of freedom
to pursue his love
of music.
Musical training
with Nikolai
RimskyKorsakov
Nikolai RimskyKorsakov believed
music that did not
follow the rules
was “Bad Music.”
Stravinsky felt that
breaking the rules
brought freshness
and freedom to
music.
Serge Diaghilev
of Ballet Russe
and Igor
Stravinsky
Stravinsky
composed ballet
music and the
story for the ballet
from Russian
folktales for
Diaghilev.
Diaghilev's
villa “Belerive”
Left to right: the
dancer Leonid
Massine, artistdesigner Natalia
Gontcharova,
composer Igor
Stravinsky, seated,
artist-designers
Mikhail Larionov,
and Leon Bakst.
July 1915
The Firebird thrilled the audience with
its “colourful fairytale plumage”
Russia was his
inspiration
Stravinsky based the ballet on
Russian history
Stravinsky with Vaslav Nijinsky who
played Petrushka in the ballet
Violence of War
Violence of Spring
breaking free of Winter
Original costume
design
Stravinsky,
Schoenberg and
Serialism
After the death of
his wife he moved to
the United States.
The move to the US
brought a new life,
new love, and new
music.
Buried in Venice on the island of San Michele near
his friend Sergei Diaghilev
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