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Stravinsky: Chronicle of a Friendship
     

Stravinsky: Chronicle of a Friendship

by Robert Craft
 

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The standard biographical source for the last decades of Stravinsky's life and a unique trove of primary material on twentieth-century cultural and intellectual history, now again available, in expanded form.

For nearly the last twenty-five years of Igor Stravinsky's incredibly full life, the noted musician, conductor, and writer Robert Craft was his closest

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The standard biographical source for the last decades of Stravinsky's life and a unique trove of primary material on twentieth-century cultural and intellectual history, now again available, in expanded form.

For nearly the last twenty-five years of Igor Stravinsky's incredibly full life, the noted musician, conductor, and writer Robert Craft was his closest colleague and friend, a trusted member of his household, and an important part of all of the composer's activities. Throughout these years, Craft kept a detailed diary, impressive in its powers of observation and characterization. That diary forms the basis for Stravinsky: Chronicle of a Friendship, now released in a substantially revised and expanded new edition.

This edition includes nearly twice as many illustrations and more than 35% entirely new textual material. In addition, Craft adds an evocative "Postlude" in which he summarily brings matters forward to the death of Vera Stravinsky, several years after that of the Maestro.

Anyone interested in Stravinsky and his music, in Stravinsky's relationship with Craft, and in many of the luminaries and landmarks of twentieth-century Western cultural history will find this book essential reading. Here are revealing glimpses of Stravinsky's friendships and encounters with some of the great personages of twentieth-century culture, as well as intimate portraits of Stravinsky and Craft themselves.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Theirs always seemed an odd association-the tiny, obsessive master and the lanky, calm young American musicologist and conductor-but each was lucky in the other. Stravinsky found a superb biographer, devoted interpreter and endlessly resourceful companion, and Craft was given entre to a magical world of artistic figures and exotic places. The original Stravinsky, covering 24 years, was published in 1972, a year after the composer's death, and has been long out of print. This is an extensively revised edition, more than a third longer than the original, with the years 1948-1971 given fuller treatment, and with updated thoughts by the author. Craft notes that he had hurried the original book and was dissatisfied with it. The reader is the beneficiary of the revision. The sketches of Aldous Huxley, W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot, Ingmar Bergman, Arnold Schoenberg, Albert Giacometti and others are intimate, the anecdotes about ``I.S.'' irresistible, the endless travels full of delectable detail. The production is lavish, with some 50 pictures, many in color. (Oct.)
Booknews
Craft presents observations from his diary over the 23 years he was Stravinsky's close friend and colleague and the instrument of Stravinsky's American acculturation. This revised edition extends the material by about one-third, and includes previously unpublished letters, color and b&w photos, and drawings, plus chapter postscripts and a section on Craft's friendship with Stravinsky's wife, Vera. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The ideal chronicler of Stravinsky's life, times and ideas.
--New York Times Book Review

. . . [provides] entree to a magical world of artistic figures and exotic places. . . . The sketches are intimate, the anecdotes about 'I.S.' irresistible, the endless travels full of delectable detail.
--Publishers Weekly

Craft proves again that he is not only compassionate and sometimes wickedly funny, but the most readable and intelligent living writer on music.
--The New Republic

[One of] the best books of 1994...hours of witty, civilized entertainment.
--Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826512857
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1996
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.59(d)

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