Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (17 June 1882 – 6 April 1971) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor, later of French (from 1934) and American (from 1945) citizenship. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.

Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911), and The Rite of Spring (1913). The last transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky's enduring reputation as a revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design. His "Russian phase", which continued with works such as Renard, L'Histoire du soldat, and Les noces, was followed in the 1920s by a period in which he turned to neoclassicism. The works from this period tended to make use of traditional musical forms (concerto grosso, fugue, and symphony) and drew from earlier styles, especially those of the 18th century. In the 1950s, Stravinsky adopted serial procedures. His compositions of this period shared traits with examples of his earlier output: rhythmic energy, the construction of extended melodic ideas out of a few two- or three-note cells, and clarity of form and instrumentation.

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  • The Rake's Progress (1996)

    In 1951, in Venice, Igor Stravinsky conducted the premiere of his only full-length opera The Rake’s Progress. He had conceived the idea for this work after visiting the Chicago Art Institute in 1947, where he came upon a series of eight satirical engravings of the same title, created by the Engli...

  • Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring); The Firebird (2008)

    Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring); The Firebird by I. Stravinsky, from Mariinsky Theatre Ballet, 2008.Conductor Valery Gergiev, starring Ekaterina Kondaurova, Ilya Kuznetsov, Vladimir Ponomarev, Elena Bazhenova, Alexandra Iosifidi, Marianna Pavlova and Mariinsky Orchestravalery Gergiev.

  • The Rake's Progress (2010)

    The Rake's Progress by I.Stravinsky, from Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 2010. Directed by John Cox, conductor Vladimir Jurowski, starring Matthew Rose, Miah Persson and Topi Lehtipuu. Performed in English and subtitled in English.

  • Piano Concerto No.17;Debussy:La Mer The Firebird Concert Suite (1919 Version)

    Piano Concerto No. 17; Debussy: La Mer; The Firebird Concert Suite (1919 Version) by W.A. Mozart, C. Debussy and I. Stravinsky, from Lucerne Festival, performed at KKL Luzern, Concert Hall, 2019. Conductor Andris Nelsons, starring Martin Helmchen.

  • Perséphone (2012)

    Perséphone by Igor Stravinsky, from Teatro Real, Madrid, 2012. Directed by Peter Sellars, conductor Teodor Currentzis. Starring Dominique Blanc, Perséphone; Paul Groves, Eumolpus. Performed in French.

  • Skupoy rytsar - L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) (2018)

    Skupoy rytsar - L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale) by Stravinsky, from Festival de Paques Deauville, 2018. Directed by Colin Laurent, conductor Pierre Dumoussaud.Performed in French.