Stravinsky in the Americas

Stravinsky in the Americas

Written by: H. Colin Slim

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  • Publish Date: 2019-01-02
  • ISBN-10: 0520299922
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Stravinsky in the Americas explores the "pre-Craft" period of Igor Stravinsky's life, from when he first landed on American shores in 1925 to the end of World War II in 1945. Through a rich archival trove of ephemera, correspondence, photographs, and other documents, eminent musicologist H. Colin Slim examines the twenty-year period during which Stravinsky went from being a radical European art-music composer to a popular figure in American culture. This collection traces Stravinsky's rise to fame--catapulted in large part by his collaborations with Hollywood and Disney and marked by his extra-marital affairs, his grappling with feelings of anti-Semitism, and his encounters with contemporary musicians as the music industry was emerging and taking shape in midcentury America. Slim's lively narrative records the composer's larger-than-life persona through a close look at his transatlantic tours and domestic excursions, where Stravinsky's personal and professional life collided in often dramatic ways.

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