Feb. 12th, 2017

kenjari: (piano)
The Cambridge Companion To Stravinsky
edited by Jonathan Cross

I suppose it is particularly nerdy to read Cambridge Companions straight through for fun, but I really do enjoy them. This volume provides a nice look at Stravinsky's works from various perspectives: Russian heritage and material, neoclassicism, modernism, serialism, and reception history. The reader thus gets a good overview and Stravinsky's different creative periods, the historical and musical contexts of his work, and the legacy he has left for 21st century music. I especially liked the way a few of the chapters, especially Richard Taruskin's on "Stravinsky and Us" addressed the myths surrounding Stravinsky and the way the composer himself participated in and pushed back against their creation.

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