Stravinsky Inside Out

Stravinsky Inside Out

by Charles M. Joseph
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300075375

ISBN-13: 9780300075373

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

Popularly known during his lifetime as �The World�s Greatest Living Composer,� Igor Stravinsky (1882�1971) not only wrote some of the twentieth century�s most influential music, he also assumed the role of cultural icon. This book reveals Stravinsky�s two sides—the public persona, preoccupied with his own image and place in history, and the private composer,

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Popularly known during his lifetime as �The World�s Greatest Living Composer,� Igor Stravinsky (1882�1971) not only wrote some of the twentieth century�s most influential music, he also assumed the role of cultural icon. This book reveals Stravinsky�s two sides—the public persona, preoccupied with his own image and place in history, and the private composer, whose views and beliefs were often purposely suppressed. Charles M. Joseph draws a richer and more human portrait of Stravinsky than anyone has done before, using an array of unpublished materials and unreleased film trims from the composer�s huge archive at the Paul Sacher Institute in Switzerland. Focusing on Stravinsky�s place in the culture of the twentieth century, Joseph situates the composer among the giants of his age. He discusses Stravinsky�s first American commission, his complicated relationship with his son, his professional relationships with celebrities ranging from T. S. Eliot to Orson Welles, his flirtations with Hollywood and television, and his love-hate attitude toward the critics and the media. In a close look at Stravinsky�s efforts to mold a public image, Joseph explores the complex dance between the composer and his artistic collaborator, Robert Craft, who orchestrated controversial efforts to protect Stravinsky and edit materials about him, both during the composer�s lifetime and after his death.

Author Biography: Charles M. Joseph, William R. Kenan Professor of Liberal Arts at Skidmore College, is also the author of Stravinsky and Balanchine: The Journey of Invention, forthcoming from Yale University Press.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300075373
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxv
A Note on Sourcesxix
CHAPTER 1 Truths and Illusions: Rethinking What We Know1
CHAPTER 2 Rediscovering the American Apollon Musagète:
Stravinsky, Coolidge, and the Forgotten Washington Connection35
CHAPTER 3 Fathers and Sons: Remembering Sviatoslav Soulima64
CHAPTER 4 The Would-Be Hollywood Composer: Stravinsky,100
the Literati, and "the Dream Factory"
CHAPTER 5 Television and The Flood:132
Anatomy of an "Inglorious Flop"
CHAPTER 6 Film Documentaries: The Composer On and Off Camera162
CHAPTER 7 Letters, Books, Private Thoughts: Reading Between
the Lines196
CHAPTER 8 Boswellizing an Icon: Stravinsky, Craft, and the
Historian's Dilemma233
Epilogue266
Notes271
Index305

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