Part Four: Stravinsky's Hollywood

Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey

Stravinsky's Hollywood

Stravinsky moved to America in 1939, settling in West Hollywood and becoming a citizen in 1945. In America he continued with his neo-classical style, experimented with serialism (once his rival Schoenberg had passed away), and dabbled in film music. Schmoozing with the best of them, Stravinsky's circle reads like a literary 'who's who' of the time: W.H. Auden, Aldous Huxley, Dylan Thomas and more ...

Symphony in Three Movements

Written during WW2, Stravinsky’s Symphony In Three Movements took Stravinsky’s work on film score as a launch pad to depict a cinematic ‘impression of the war’.

Wednesday 26 September | Royal Festival Hall

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Orpheus

Vladimir Jurowski conducts Stravinsky’s account of the Greek myth of Orpheus, written for the New York City Ballet to perform in Hollywood.

Saturday 6 October | Royal Festival Hall

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The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky collaborated with W. H. Auden on a new opera based on A Rake’s Progress, a series of etchings by William Hogarth. Its stunning music has since been set for stage by the likes of David Hockney and Ingmar Bergman.

Saturday 3 November | Royal Festival Hall

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Requiem Canticles

Stravinsky’s haunting Requiem Canticles forms part of a concert marking 100 years since the end of WW1. Hear it alongside music by Debussy, Magnus Lindberg and Janáček, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

Saturday 10 November | Royal Festival Hall

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Variations, Threni, Tango

Vladimir Jurowski conducts a trio of Stravinsky’s late works, including his Variations, dedicated to Aldous Huxley. Hear the final evolution of Stravinsky’s musical style in the 50s and 60s, paired with Berio’s Sinfonia.

Saturday 8 December | Royal Festival Hall

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