Igor Stravinsky: Michael Oliver

Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) is regarded as the inventor of modern music, his phenomenal achievements being comparable to those of his close friend and contemporary Pablo Picasso.  This comprehensive biography traces the influences that informed his style and sets all his major works into context; above all the book concentrates on Stravinsky's creativity, describing how his musical mind worked and relating this to his complex and fascinating personality. Specifications:

  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 220 x 156 mm (8 5/8 x 6 1/8 in)
  • Pages: 240 pp
  • Illustrations: 0 illustrations
  • 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