Thursday, January 20, 2011

Visualization Of Stravinsky

George Balanchine’s “Symphony Of Three Movements”, danced to Igor Stravinsky’s composition of the same title, is the subject of the above photograph.

“Symphony Of Three Movements”, choreographed in 1972, was one of the last ballets Balanchine created to the music of Stravinsky. Four and one-half decades separate Balanchine’s first Stravinsky ballet, “Apollo”, from his final Stravinsky efforts, all created for the 1972 Stravinsky Festival mounted by New York City Ballet in honor of the composer’s death the previous year.

This weekend, Andrew and I will see one lasting result of the 1972 Stravinsky Festival: Balanchine’s “Duo Concertant”, set to Stravinsky’s work of the same title, will be on one of the NYCB programs we shall attend.

The photograph below, depicting Stravinsky in 1930, was taken by Balanchine.

Was there ever a photograph of Stravinsky that was not unforgettable?

At every stage of his life, Stravinsky overpowered everyone and everything he encountered, including cameras.

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