Igor Stravinsky (Reaktion Books - Critical Lives) (Paperback)

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Igor Stravinsky (1882 1971) was perhaps the twentieth century's most celebrated composer, a leading light of modernism and a restlessly creative artist. This new entry in the Critical Lives series traces the story of Stravinsky's life and work, setting him in the context of the turbulent times in which he lived. Born in Russia, Stravinsky spent most of his life in exile and while his work was deliberately cosmopolitan, the pain of estrangement nonetheless left its mark on the man and his work, distinguishable in an ever-present sense of loss. Jonathan Cross shows how that work emerged over the course of decades spent in Paris, Los Angeles, and elsewhere, in an artistic circle that included Joyce, Picasso, and Proust and that culminated in Stravinsky being celebrated by both the White House and the Kremlin as one of the great artistic forces of the era.
Approachable and absorbing, Cross's biography enables us to see Stravinsky's life and artistic achievement in a new light, understanding how his work both reflected and shaped his times.

About the Author

Jonathan Cross is professor of musicology at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781780234946
ISBN-10: 1780234945
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication Date: December 15th, 2015
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Reaktion Books - Critical Lives