Stravinsky, Igor

COMPOSER (RUSSIA)
BORN 17 Jun 1882, Oranienbaum (near St. Petersburg) - DIED 6 Apr 1971, New York
GRAVE LOCATION Venezia: Cimetero di San Michele, Isola San Michele (Rec. XIV Rap. Greci (corner right under))

Stravinsky was born in Oranienbaum, a suburb of Saint Petersburg. He grew up in Saint Petersburg. Allthough he was passionate about music his parents made him study law in 1901, but in 1902 he stayed with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in Heidelberg who suggested that he should take private music lessons.

He continued his studies umtil 1905 but in that hear he started studying with Rimski-Korsakov until his death 1908. In 1905 he had married his cousin Yekaterina Gavrilovna Nosenko and they had two children.

In 1909 two of his works were performed in Saint Petersburg and in 1910 "The Firebird" was an instant succes after its premiere in Paris by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Stravinsky took up residence in Clarens in Switzerland, spending the summers in Russia. In 1913 his famous "Le Sacre du printemps " was first performed. In 1915 the family moved from Clarens to Morges near Lausanne. In 1916 his theatrical work "Renard" was first performed. It had been commissioned by Winaretta Singer.

In 1920 he moved to Paris. In 1921 he met Vera de Bosset, the wife of the painter Serge Sudeikin. They started an affair that resulted in Vera leaving her husband. Stravinsky and his wife moved to Anglet mear Biarritz in that year. In 1924 he bought a house in Nice. In 1934 they moved to Paris. From 1921 until Katya's death in 1939 he led a double life, seeing Vera in Paris.

In 1939 he went to the USA alone to deliver lectures at Harvard. Vera followed him early in 1940 and they were married in Bedford, Massachusetts. They settled in West Hollywood. In 1951 he completed his opera "The Rake's Progress".

He moved to Essex House in New York in 1969. In that city he died of heart failure in 1971. He was buried in Venice not far from Sergei Diaghilev.

Family
• Wife: Bosset, Vera de (1940-1971, Bedford, Massachusetts)

Related persons
• knew Ansermet, Ernest
• influenced Bartók, Béla
• was a friend of Chanel, Coco
• knew Matisse, Henri

Sources
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Stravinsky

Images

The grave of Igor and Vera Stravinsky at the Cimitero di San Michele, Venice.
Picture by Androom (13 Feb 2016)

 


Stuck, Franz von

Published: 25 Sep 2016
Last update: 25 Sep 2016