Stravinsky: The Second Exile: France and America, 1934-1971

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Stephen Walsh's magisterial, engagingly written two-volume Stravinsky is the most detailed and extensive work available on the life of the man widely regarded as the greatest composer of the twentieth century. This second volume takes up the composer's story in 1934, in a Europe growing ever more chaotic in the lead-up to World War II. Walsh follows Stravinsky's emigration to the United States, where he courted Hollywood, associated with writers and artists including Aldous Huxley, W.H. Auden, and George ...

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Overview

Stephen Walsh's magisterial, engagingly written two-volume Stravinsky is the most detailed and extensive work available on the life of the man widely regarded as the greatest composer of the twentieth century. This second volume takes up the composer's story in 1934, in a Europe growing ever more chaotic in the lead-up to World War II. Walsh follows Stravinsky's emigration to the United States, where he courted Hollywood, associated with writers and artists including Aldous Huxley, W.H. Auden, and George Balanchine, began a career as a conductor and recording artist, and composed a string of masterpieces that changed the course of twentieth-century music. Stravinsky: The Second Exile takes full account of Russian-language sources, including much correspondence, made available since the composer's death and since the fall of the Soviet Union, and is the first work to thoroughly assess the authenticity of many of the writings published under Stravinsky's name.

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Editorial Reviews

Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Among the best musical biographies of the last half-century, patiently disentangling fact and myth.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520256156
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 738
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Walsh is Professor in the School of Music at Cardiff University. He is author of The Music of Stravinsky among other books.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Entr'acte: A House Divided     xiii
A Gentle and a Free Spirit     3
The Poet of Montparnasse     14
Graves of Academe     27
An Enemy of Democracy     42
Death Deals...     56
... and Wins     74
To the Magic Mountain     89
The Poetics of Survival     104
A House in the Hills     124
To Earn Is Human     141
The Broad Way and the Strait Gate     155
Distant Clashes of Arms     172
Orpheus in a New Guise     188
The Eye of the Needle     203
The Progress Begins     219
A Family Happy in Its Own Way     235
Death of a Prophet     251
The Time-Traveller Comes Ashore     268
Count One, Count Two, Count Twelve     285
Brief Encounter     302
Competition of the Gods     316
An Echo Chamber by Candlelight     330
The Eternal Footman Holds His Coat     345
Talking the Book     357
He Hath Set Me in Dark Places     373
The Pilot Fish at Sea     388
A Strange Concoction     403
Largo al Factotum     419
Sinking the Ark     433
A Guest in His Own Country     449
The Sacre Papers     472
The Sacrifice of Sir Isaiah     485
Smiling for the Camera     501
Final Curtain     516
A Family Affair     530
A Fine and Private Place     547
But None Do There Embrace     564
Stravinsky's Works from 1935     573
Notes     577
Bibliography     679
Index     687
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