Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneself. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.
Igor Stravinsky: Poetics of Music (1939-40)
Stravinsky’s output is so varied. Colourful, glistening, tight, precise, historically-informed. A fantastic story-teller. His 12-note chamber music is crystalline in structure. There is so much to say about Stravinsky. A towering figure of 20th-century music. The Firebird (1910), Rite of Spring (1913/21), Song of the Nightingale (1917), Pulcinella (1920) and Agon (1957).