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Igor Stravinsky. 1882-1971. Background/Education. Born in Russia but also lived in Switzerland, France and after 1939, the U.S. Taught by Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov, another famous composer Was inspired by the works of impressionist composers like Debussy. Misc. Facts.

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background education
Background/Education
  • Born in Russia but also lived in Switzerland, France and after 1939, the U.S.
  • Taught by Nicolay Rimsky-Korsakov, another famous composer
  • Was inspired by the works of impressionist composers like Debussy
misc facts
Misc. Facts
  • Was neglected as a child but was not from a poor family.
  • Stravinsky’s father was a singer, but discouraged Igor from studying music. He wanted him to be a lawyer.
  • Worked closely with the famous ballet company Ballets Russe and wrote his 3 most famous works for them
body of work
Body of Work
  • The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring were his famous ballets
  • Stravinsky wrote all types of music including orchestral pieces, art songs and chamber music as well
l oiseau de feu the firebird
L’Oiseau de feu - (The Firebird)
  • Period: Modern/20th Century (1910)
  • Country: Russia
  • Genre: Orchestral
  • Form: Ballet - each scene is called a “tableau”
characters of the firebird
Characters of the Firebird
  • Prince Ivan – the hero who falls in love with one of Kashchei’s daughters and captures the Firebird
  • The Firebird – a mystical Phoenix that assists Prince Ivan in defeating Kashchei the Immortal by putting his kingdom to sleep
  • Kashchei the Immortal – an evil sorcerer with several daughters who is defeated by Prince Ivan and the Firebird
the firebird berceuse
The Firebird - Berceuse
  • Firebird ballet is based on a Russian folk tale (Ivan and the Firebird vs. Kashchei the Immortal)
  • Berceuse – lullaby or soothing sound
the firebird finale
The Firebird - Finale
  • What is a finale?
  • Finale – the end of a piece of music
  • How does the music progress through the finale?
  • It gradually incorporates more instruments and gets much louder