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I. Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka

life date 1882-1971
birthplace Oranienbaum
Family Father was respected opera singer, mother was singer and fluent pianist
education entered law at university of st. Petersburg, took private theory lessons.
important youth connection met Vladimir Rimsky-Korsakov, son of famous composer, who later mentored him.
married: Katerina Nossenko, Childhood friend
early pieces Petrushka, rite of spring(Choreographed by Nijinsky), firebird
other important connections Began friendship with Robert Craft, an American composer,conductor.
moved where and why left because of world war 1, moved to Switzerland, later became American citizen
Early period Russian nationalism, influenced by rimsky korsakovs orchestral writing, use of special features including dissonant harmony, polytonality etc.
transitional years more intimate works with reduced force, seeds of neo classical style sown
middle era neo classical style adopted, absolute music, formal design, emotional restraint
late era used Arnold schoenburgs twelve tone method, explored miniatures
famous works Persephone(Choral works), The wedding(staged)
genre ballet
date of compostition 1911
choreographer Michel fokine
performing forces large orchestra, expanded percussion, including piano, xylophone, and celesta
Created by: olaurie