Igor Stravinsky

17 June 1882 – 6 April 1971


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Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
a Russian-born, naturalised French, later naturalised American composer, pianist, and conductor.

He is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and influential composers of 20th century music.

He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and performed by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (Russian Ballets):
The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911/1947),

The Rite of Spring (1913).

The Rite, whose premiere provoked a riot, transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure, and was largely responsible for Stravinsky's enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary, pushing the boundaries of musical design.
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Stravinsky's The Rite
the scent of Chanel drifts
through the theater

Chen-ou Liu

Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky was a Russian-born naturalized American composer. In addition to his outstanding achievement in music composition, Stravinsky also achieved fame as a pianist and a conductor, mainly at the premieres of his works. One of his famous works The Rite of Spring, premiered on Thursday, May 29, 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, provoked one of the most famous classical music riots in history due to its intensely rhythmic score and primitive scenario.

Pioneering French fashion designer Coco Chanel attended this "scandalous performance" and was impressed by his work.
Later, she fell in love with him and financially supported his family and musical performances.

Their story was made into a film entitled
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky,
and was chosen as the Closing Film of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

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