The Sonic Beauty of Igor Stravinsky

After a long week beset from all sides with city sounds and industrial rhythms, there is nothing more soothing to my ears and mind than the sonic beauty of Igor Stravinsky‘s compositions. Listening to the following three clips, one can easily understand Frank Zappa‘s affinity for this man and his music:

Igor Stravinsky plays Stravinsky Piano Sonata (1924)

Igor Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind for Instruments (1920)

A piece Stravinsky composed in 1920 in memory of Claude Debussy. It is the last major work in his characteristic Russian style. Performed by the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Reinbert De Leeuw, conductor.

Igor Stravinsky “The Rite of Spring”

7 Responses to “The Sonic Beauty of Igor Stravinsky”

  1. Maroual says:

    In the last video, The Rite Of Spring’s choreography by Maurice BĂ©jart is huge. I saw it live as well as The Firebird and a few other ones.
    I don’t really like ballet, but these cases are exceptions.

  2. jabbatheprawn says:

    also listen to ”firebird”(1919), petrushka, the soldiers tale, i read once that frank was the narrator, in a performace of the soldiers tale. anybody know anything about that?

  3. exile says:

    A quote from jabbatheprawn:

    also listen to ”firebird”(1919), petrushka, the soldiers tale, i read once that frank was the narrator, in a performace of the soldiers tale. anybody know anything about that?

    Never heard that. But of course there is the march from A Soldier’s Tale on Make a Jazz Noise Here.

    Also, I recommend Stravinsky’s ‘Agon’. A truly wonderful little piece.

  4. Dark Clothes says:

    A quote from jabbatheprawn:

    also listen to ”firebird”(1919), petrushka, the soldiers tale, i read once that frank was the narrator, in a performace of the soldiers tale. anybody know anything about that?

    I also heard something about that, but I don’t know if it actually happened. But it’s well known that Titties and Beer is loosely based on A Soldier’s Tale, so in that sense he did the part more than once…

  5. jabbatheprawn says:

    i have a version of the soldiers tale, with sting as the soldier. vennesa redgrave as the devil. and ian mckellen as the narrator. you know magneto

  6. Robert says:

    A quote from Dark Clothes:

    A quote from jabbatheprawn:

    also listen to ”firebird”(1919), petrushka, the soldiers tale, i read once that frank was the narrator, in a performace of the soldiers tale. anybody know anything about that?

    I also heard something about that, but I don’t know if it actually happened. But it’s well known that Titties and Beer is loosely based on A Soldier’s Tale, so in that sense he did the part more than once…

    http://researchblog.andremount.net/?p=250 claims that this happened on September 6, 1972

  7. Dark Clothes says:

    A quote from Robert:

    http://researchblog.andremount.net/?p=250 claims that this happened on September 6, 1972

    Good link – I’m glad to see that someone is working seriously with this.

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