04 September 2009

Igor Stravinsky: The Second Exile
France and America 1934-1971

The first volume of this masterly biography ends in 1934 with the death of Diaghilev, Stravinsky's composition of Persephone, his adoption of French citizenship, and his no less important decision to move his extended family from the south of France to take up residence in Paris - in the next arrondissement to his lover, Vera Sudeykima. To give some idea of the complexities of these arrangements, Stravinsky not only made it known to his wife that he paid Sudeykima an allowance, but as if this was not enough he heaped onto it the additional humiliation that in his absence she should hand over the money to her in person - which ... Read more >>

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