In a new biography of the great twentieth-century composer, a long-time friend and associate of Stravinsky chronicles little-know aspects of his life, including his relationships with his two wives and children. By the author of Present Perspectives.
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This is an odd hybrid of a book, as even its author acknowledges, devoted half to close examinations of aspects of Stravinsky's life (1882-1971) and relationships, half to sometimes technical analysis of his works. Craft is, of course, admirably suited for both tasks, but the book is essentially a grab bag of essays and reviews, many of which have appeared before (mostly in the New York Review of Books ). The longest pieces deal with Stravinsky's relations with his children, in which the chilly, removed father and the selfish, sometimes devious offspring all come off poorly. A sketch, through her correspondence, of his long-suffering first wife Catherine and her relationship with the composer's mistress Vera Sudeikina, whom he married after Catherine's death in 1940, is also revealing, and there is interesting commentary on the creation of the famous Craft-Stravinsky "Conversations" book collaborations. There are glimpses of Stravinsky with Dylan Thomas, and a bizarre story of conductor Leopold Stokowski helping to support the composer by inventing an imaginary female benefactor so he could secure American premieres of some of Stravinsky's works. But far too much of the book is devoted to minutiae of interest only to Stravinsky scholars and musicologists. Photos.
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This set of 24 essays, written by Stravinsky's close friend and collaborator from 1948 until the composer's death in 1971, addresses an unusual mixture of topics, some biographical, others musical, and most recycled. What binds them together is their powerful insight. Craft ( Present Perspectives , LJ 7/84) has grouped the essays so that the topics jump back and forth from Stravinsky's intimate personal relationships to his creative efforts. The result is a compelling set of snapshots of the artist that reveal a fascinating and complex personality, written with critical distance and true affection. Recommended.
- Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto
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Descripción Knopf, 1982. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0394518705
Descripción Estado de conservación: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Nº de ref. de la librería 97803945187011.0