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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 9, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 720 pages
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This, the second and final volume of Stephen Walsh’s magisterial biography of Igor Stravinsky, begins in 1934, when Stravinsky is fifty-two and living in France. Already regarded by many as the most important composer of his generation, Stravinsky is nevertheless at this point a fairly unhappy expatriate, all too aware of the war clouds beginning to gather. Though he still maintains a family life with his wife and children, much of his time is spent with his mistress, Vera Sudeykina, while traveling around Europe giving concerts in order to earn the money to support his dependents–which include a number of relatives. Composing, of course, remains the center of his existence. But changes are imminent: within only a few years his wife, Katya, will be dead, his family scattered, and Stravinsky himself, together with Vera, starting over again in America.

Stravinsky: The Second Exile follows the composer through the remainder of his long life, years during which he produces such masterworks as The Rake’s Progress and Symphony in C, and achieves a new level of fame as a conductor and raconteur in his own right. With a dazzling command of sources in several languages and a keen feeling for accuracy in situations where truth and falsehood have become blurred, Walsh traces and illuminates Stravinsky’s increasingly complex and often agonized family relationships along with his crucially important connection with his associate Robert Craft. Walsh is also, as a musicologist and critic, able to speak with knowledge and wit about Stravinsky’s work, expertly describing and assessing the composer’s musical journey from the neoclassicism of his late French and early American periods, through his early essays in serial technique, and on finally to the astonishing intricacies of his final compositions.

The first volume of this biography, Stravinsky: A Creative Spring, was received with glowing praise for its insight, narrative skills, and readability. The period covered here, beset as it is with myths and misconceptions, is handled with even greater authority.
Carefully weighed, eloquent, packed with rich and fascinating detail, it casts a brilliant new light on one of the greatest artists of our time.


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Contents

 34   FINAL CURTAIN
 35   A FAMILY AFFAIR
36A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE   
 37   BUT NONE DO THERE EMBRACE
STRAVINSKYS WORKS FROM 1935
NOTES
13 ORPHEUS IN A NEW GUISE
14 THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE

7TO THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN   
   8   THE POETICS OF SURVIVAL
   9   A HOUSE IN THE HILLS
10TO EARN IS HUMAN   
11THE BROAD WAY AND THE STRAIT GATE   
 12   DISTANT CLASHES OF ARMS
 13   ORPHEUS IN A NEW GUISE
14THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE   
15THE PROGRESS BEGINS   
16A FAMILY HAPPY IN ITS OWN WAY   
17DEATH OF A PROPHET   
 18   THE TIMETRAVELLER COMES ASHORE
19COUNT ONE COUNT TWO COUNT TWELVE   
 20   BRIEF ENCOUNTER
 21   COMPETITION OF THE GODS
 22   AN ECHO CHAMBER BY CANDLELIGHT
23THE ETERNAL FOOTMAN HOLDS HIS COAT   
24TALKING THE BOOK   
25HE HATH SET ME IN DARK PLACES   
 26   THE PILOT FISH AT SEA
27A STRANGE CONCOCTION   
28LARGO AL FACTOTUM   
29SINKING THE ARK   
30A GUEST IN HIS OWN COUNTRY   
 31   THE SACRE PAPERS
32THE SACRIFICE OF SIR ISAIAH   
33SMILING FOR THE CAMERA   
15 THE PROGRESS BEGINS
16 A FAMILY HAPPY IN ITS OWN WAY
17 DEATH OF A PROPHET
18 THE TIMETRAVELLER COMES ASHORE
19 COUNT ONE COUNT TWO COUNT TWELVE
20 BRIEF ENCOUNTER
21 COMPETITION OF THE GODS
22 AN ECHO CHAMBER BY CANDLELIGHT
23 THE ETERNAL FOOTMAN HOLDS HIS COAT
24 TALKING THE BOOK
25 HE HATH SET ME IN DARK PLACES
26 THE PILOT FISH AT SEA
27 A STRANGE CONCOCTION
28 LARGO AL FACTOTUM
29 SINKING THE ARK
30 A GUEST IN HIS OWN COUNTRY
31 THE SACRE PAPERS
32 THE SACRIFICE OF SIR ISAIAH
33 SMILING FOR THE CAMERA
34 FINAL CURTAIN
35 A FAMILY AFFAIR
36 A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE
37 BUT NONE DO THERE EMBRACE
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Stephen Walsh is a critic and musicologist. He is the author of a number of books on composers ranging from Schumann to Bartók. The first volume of this biography, Stravinsky: A Creative Spring: Russia and France 18821934, was published in 1999. Walsh teaches at Cardiff University.


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