Igor Stravinsky left behind masterpieces in every major genre and worked in each of the most significant compositional styles of the twentieth century. His output was staggering, his innovations far-reaching and sometimes scandalous."Stravinsky Retrospectives" puts the diverse achievements of this protean composer into critical and historical perspective. The contributors provide a variety of perspectives on Stravinsky s work and career. Richard Taruskin examines Stravinsky s use of text, its relation to Russian folk music, and its consequences for his rhythmic practice. Milton Babbitt vastly extends our knowledge of Stravinsky s twelve-tone procedures. Paul Johnson, Ethan Haimo, and Joseph Straus all examine Stravinsky s neoclassical works. Claudio Spies looks at the early Russian influences on Stravinsky, and William Austin provides a nuanced analysis of Stravinsky s historical importance and of recent research on his many compositions."
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"An excellent collection of essays, which makes an important contribution to the understanding of that perennially seminal focus for twentieth-century music studies, Igor Stravinsky." John Rahn, editor of "Perspectives on Musical Aesthetics"--John Rahn"