Igor Stravinsky: The Masterworks - Smithsonian Associates

Tuesday, November 17 @ 12PM 

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) was the greatest composer of the 20th century. He began as a student of Rimsky-Korsakov’s and the Russian Romanticists, but in a short time the modern world of sound was his to invent.

draws on the finest recordings and DVDs in discussions about many of Stravinsky’s major accomplishments, from his early ground-breaking music for the Ballets Russes in Paris, through the neo-classical masterworks that culminated with

Stravinsky’s extraordinary talent was recognized by the ballet impresario Diaghelev who brought him to Paris in 1909.  There, the production of

Never content, and abhorring repetition, Stravinsky began exploring everything from ancient Russian wedding rituals (

By the 1920s Stravinsky initiated a series of neo-classical masterworks for chamber ensembles (Octet for Winds), ballet (

), plus concertos for piano and violin.  These compositions demonstrate that he was a man filled with a very contemporary sense of wit and humor.

of 1930,  two of the century’s greatest choral works. By this time, his every public appearance is being recorded in print and frequently in film. Participants view highlights with excerpts on film.

, a mid-century tribute to both Handel and Mozart. Stravinsky ends his career with a startling shift, examining the innovations of his rivals Schoenberg, Webern and Berg, revitalizing that style with his own clarity and rhythmic excitement.