Happy Birthday Igor Stravinsky! A composer, pianist, and conductor, Igor Stravinsky was born on this day in 1882.
Here are some interesting facts about him:
——————————————————————— The Rite of Spring, a ballet which Stravinsky wrote in his early thirties, caused a riot when it was first heard because of the avant-garde and wild nature of the music. ——————————————————————— He wrote an autobiography in 1936 as well as several lectures from 1939-1940. ——————————————————————— His parents were musicians, but they urged him to pursue a bureaucratic career. He studied law, but hardly ever went to class! After the death of his father in 1902 and Blood Sunday in 1905, which kept him from taking his final exams, he began to study music privately with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, rather than at an institution. ——————————————————————— He married his first cousin, Katherine, despite the opposition of the Orthodox Church. They had 3 children. ——————————————————————— Stravinsky is buried on the island of San Michele in Venice, Italy, near the grave of Sergei Diaghilev, an art critic and dear friend. ——————————————————————— #stravinsky #riteofspring #firebird #igorstravinsky #piano #pianosale - 3 minutes ago