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An Autobiography by Igor Stravinsky

An Autobiography by Igor Stravinsky is a captivating and insightful look into the life and mind of one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. Stravinsky's writing style is both eloquent and engaging, seamlessly guiding the reader through the many chapters of his eventful life.

The autobiography begins with Stravinsky's early years in Russia, detailing his childhood and the influences that shaped his musical career. From his initial studies with renowned composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to his groundbreaking ballet compositions, Stravinsky takes us on a journey through his evolution as an artist.

The book provides a unique window into Stravinsky's creative process, revealing his thoughts on composition techniques, the importance of rhythm, and his experimentation with various musical forms. It is fascinating to read about his collaborations with influential figures such as Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, which resulted in iconic ballets like The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring.

However, this autobiography is not just a chronicle of Stravinsky's musical achievements. He also delves into his personal life, sharing anecdotes and reflections on his relationships with family, friends, and other composers. His writing is refreshingly candid, painting a vivid picture of the struggles and triumphs he faced in both his personal and professional endeavors.

What sets this autobiography apart is Stravinsky's ability to impart his deep knowledge and passion for music to the reader. Whether you are a seasoned musician or simply a curious observer, his discussions on composition techniques, musical theories, and even his quirky preferences (such as his fondness for pianos with certain qualities) will undoubtedly resonate with you.

While Stravinsky's writing style can be dense at times, it is nevertheless rewarding. The depth of his insights, combined with the elegance of his prose, makes for a captivating read. Additionally, the inclusion of photographs, letters, and musical scores adds an extra layer of visual and historical context to the narrative.

In conclusion, An Autobiography by Igor Stravinsky is a must-read for music enthusiasts and anyone interested in the life of a true artistic genius. Stravinsky's vivid storytelling and candid reflections make this autobiography a remarkable testament to his influential contributions and everlasting impact on the world of music.

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Published by M. & J. Steuer, New York, 1958


An Autobiography

Copyright 1936 by Simon and Schuster, Inc.


The aim of this volume is to set down a few recollections connected with various periods of my life. It is equally intended for those interested in my music and in myself. Rather, therefore, than a biography it will be a simple account of important events side by side with facts of minor consequence: both, however, have a certain significance for me, and I wish to relate them according to the dictates of my memory.

Naturally I shall not be able to keep within the bounds of bare statement. As I call my recollections to mind, I shall necessarily be obliged to speak of my opinions, my tastes, my preferences, and my abhorrences.

I am but too well aware of how much these feelings vary in the course of time. This is why I shall take great care not to confuse my present reactions with those experienced at other stages in my life... Continue reading book >>

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