September 1939. The unthinkable becomes reality as Germany invades Poland and Britain and France enter a war that would see the deaths of over 50 million people. Stravinsky, survivor of one world war, takes a steamer boat to Manhattan. He would not set foot in Europe for a decade. Filled with new inspirations and sounds we explore what impact the United States had on our émigré celebrity.
Russia 1908. Teetering between revolutions, St Petersburg plays host to a concert featuring two works by a young composer. In the audience was critic and showman Serge Diaghilev. So begins a relationship which will create a musical revolution.
Ah, Paris in the 1920s. Stravinsky was on the rise and rise. But did his vanity outweigh his virtuosity? Either way, his music proved a fertile group for collaboration with the artists and designers of the moment including Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.
Hear Vladimir Jurowski, artistic director of Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey, talk about Stravinsky and his style in our new festival trailer.