Igor Stravinsky

Facts About His Life

By: Hayley Fulk
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Date of Birth: June 17, 1882.


Country of Birth: Russia


Facts About His Childhood and Family:


  • His father, Fyodor Stravinsky was a bass singer.
  • His mother, Anna Kholodovsky was an excellent pianist herself.
  • He was the third child in a family of four boys.
  • He started taking piano lessons at nine years old.



Who Did he Work for?: Himself


Interesting Facts About His Personal Life:


  • He first wife was his cousin, Katerina Nossenko.
  • He once lived in a Swiss hotel, but he would not compose there unless he was sure nobody could hear him, which did not happen often.
  • After living in a Swiss hotel, a dealer set him up with a piano which was kept in a combination lumber storage-chicken coop. He composed some of his most famous work here.



What are Some of His Most Famous Pieces?:


  • Firebird
  • The Rite of Spring Riot
  • Petrushka
  • Threni
  • Pulcinella



Why I Think he is Still Listened to, and Talked About Today:

He has influenced many musicians, and he introduced the concept of modernism in classical music.


Date of Death: April 6, 1971


Cause of Death: Heart failure