Igor Stravinsky Michael Oliver

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Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) is widely regarded as the twentieth century's most versatile and adventurous composer. He began his dazzling career in association with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. However, three years after his first brilliant success with The Firebird in 1913 he provoked the most riotous first night of the century with The Rite of Spring. Subsequently, his music underwent many stylistic changes as both public and private pressures drove him from Russia to Switzerland, France and finally Hollywood. Specifications:

  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 220 x 156 mm (8 5/8 x 6 1/8 in)
  • Pages: 240 pp
  • ISBN: 9780714847771

Michael Oliver, who sadly died in 2002, was an acclaimed writer and broadcaster, having compiled numerous programmes for BBC Radio 3 and written regularly for Gramophone and other magazines for over 20 years. He was also the author of Benjamin Britten in the 20th-Century Composers series.

"A near-ideal introduction to the composer."—Gramophone

"One’s only regret about [Michael Oliver’s] two books is that they are not longer."—Classic CD

On the 20th Century Composers Series

"As a series, Phaidon's 20th Century Composers has brought remarkable variety and a welter of information, both necessary and delightfully trivial. Intended both for the general reader and for the more enthusiastically musical."—The Scotsman

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