Igor Stravinsky Fact Sheet: Who was
Igor Stravinsky? The following short
biography and fact sheet provides
interesting facts about the life, times and
history of Igor Stravinsky.
Igor Stravinsky Fact 1: Igor
Stravinsky was born on June 17th
1882 and during the 19th century
period in history when there was
much change across Europe and the
world, the first and second French,
Spanish, Chinese and Holy Roman
Empires all collapsed and Europe
would see two World Wars.
Igor Stravinsky Fact 4: In
1902 he spent his summer with
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, a composer
of some renown in Heidelberg,
Germany. He advised Stravinsky not
to attend the Conservatoire at Saint
Petersburg but to take private
lessons instead, largely because of
Igor Stravinsky Fact 9:
Stravinsky's Firebird was an
overnight success when premiered in
Paris in June 1910.
Igor Stravinsky Fact 14:
During the war years the family
lived at three different addresses
in Morges near Lake Geneva.
Financially the family struggled
during these years as royalties were
hard to collect as the successor to
Russia, the USSR did not conform to
the Berne convention.
Igor Stravinsky Fact 17: Between 1934 and 1939 many changes occurred in Stravinsky’s life. His wife contracted tuberculosis and the illness infected both Stravinsky and his daughter Ludmila. Ludmila died in 1938 and his wife died the following year while he himself spent five months in hospital himself and while he was there his mother died.
Igor Stravinsky Fact 18: His last few years in Paris were spent developing ties to America in particular he was working on a piece for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as agreeing to deliver a lecture at Harvard University.
Igor Stravinsky Fact 19: He moved to America and by 1945 was living in Los Angeles and became an American citizen. As a result of the war he found many likeminded people gravitated to America and although initially his immediate circle of friends consisted of other Russian émigré’s he found this to be counterproductive and began to socialize in the wider culture which also proved fruitful career wise
Igor Stravinsky Fact 20: Having moved to New York in 1969 he bought an apartment in Essex House and it was here on April 6th 1971 that Igor Stravinsky died of heart failure aged eighty eight. His body was laid to rest in San Michele, an island in the Venetian Lagoon in northern Italy.
Influence and Legacy: Stravinsky’s legacy symbolizes the 20th century and is still widely listened to in the 21st century. His ballet music in particular thrust him into the limelight.
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