Synopsis[ edit ] Prior to the beginning of the play, brothers Eteocles and Polyneices, leading opposite sides in Thebes ' civil war, died fighting each other for the throne.
Commenting on the introduction of his balletThe Rite of Spring, he explained that he wished, "to express the sublime uprising of Nature renewing itself… the obscure and immense sensation of which all things are conscious when Nature renews its forms, it is the vague and profound uneasiness of a universal puberty.
Biography He was brought up in Saint Petersburg and dominated by his father and elder brother; Stravinsky's early childhood was a mix of experience that hinted little at the cosmopolitan artist he was to become.
Although his father Fyodor Stravinsky was a bass singer at the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Stravinsky originally studied to be a lawyer.
He switched to composition later. Stravinsky met Rimsky-Korsakov's son, and his interest in composition grew as he spent more time composing on his own. Up till then, he had taken private lessons in harmony, and he intended to enter the Russian Conservatory.
It was at this time that he brought his works before Rimsky-Korsakov, head of the Conservatory. Sensing the talent in the young man, Rimsky-Korsakov invited Stravinsky to take private lessons from himself.
Stravinsky was delighted and readily accepted. Inat the age of 20, Stravinsky became the pupil of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakovprobably the leading Russian composer of the time.
Rimsky-Korsakov had arranged for his students to perform their works. Stravinsky chose to exhibit Feu d'artifice Fireworks.
His music sparked the interest of Sergei Diaghilev, who was impressed enough to commission Stravinsky, first for orchestrations, and then for a full-length ballet score, L'Oiseau de feu The Firebird. Stravinsky left Russia for the first time ingoing to Paris to attend the premiere of The Firebird at "Ballets Russes.
The ballets trace his stylistic development: As Stravinsky noted about the premieres, his intention was "[to send] them all to hell. Trouble began with the playing of the first notes, in the ultrahigh register of the bassoon, as the renowned composer Camille Saint-Saens conspicuously walked out, complaining loudly of the misuse of the instrument.
Soon other protests became so loud that the dancers could barely hear their cues. Then fistfights broke out amongst audience members resulting in a riot. For the second act, police supervision was summoned.
Stravinsky displayed an inexhaustible desire to learn and explore art, literature, and life. This desire manifested itself in several of his Paris collaborations. Pablo Picasso collaborated on Pulcinella in Picasso took the opportunity to make several sketches of the composer.
Relatively short of stature and not conventionally handsome, Stravinsky was nevertheless photogenic, as many pictures show.
He was still young when, on January 23,he married his cousin Katerina Nossenko whom he had known since early childhood. Their marriage endured for 33 years, but the true love of his life, and later his partner until his death, was his second wife Vera de Bosset Although a notorious philanderer even rumoured to have affairs with high-class partners such as Coco ChanelStravinsky was also a family man who devoted considerable amounts of his time and expenditure to his sons and daughters.
One of his sons, Soulima Stravinsky, was also a composer, but is little known compared to his father. When Stravinsky met Vera in the early s, she was married to the painter and stage designer Serge Sudeikin, but they soon began an affair which led to her leaving her husband.
From then until Katerina's death from cancer inStravinsky led a double life, spending some of his time with his first family and the rest with Vera. Katerina soon learned of the relationship and accepted it as inevitable and permanent. After her death, Stravinsky and Vera were married in New York where they had gone from France to escape the war in Patronage too was never far away.
In the early s, Leopold Stokowski was able to give Stravinsky regular support through a pseudonymous "benefactor. He moved to the United States in and became a naturalized citizen in He continued to live in the United States until his death in Stravinsky had adapted to life in France, but moving to America at the age of 58 was a very different prospect.
When he planned to write an opera with W. Auden, the need to acquire more familiarity with the English-speaking world coincided with his meeting the conductor and musicologist Robert Craft.
Craft lived with Stravinsky until his death, acting as interpreter, chronicler, assistant conductor and 'factotum' for countless musical and social tasks.Enjoying "Oedipus the King", by Sophocles Ed Friedlander MD [email protected] This website collects no information.
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