Igor Stravinsky

Fun Facts

  • Stravinsky was one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.

  • Stravinsky designed his own house and had it built on his estate in Ukraine.

  • Stravinsky contracted typhoid from eating bad oysters.

  • Stravinsky became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1945, and owned a home in Beverly Hills.

  • Stravinsky and Picasso were good friends, exchanging gifts of art and music, and even collaborating together on a ballet.

  • The premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring met with audience protest so loud that it drowned out the music.
  • The Russian Revolution forced Stravinsky into exile; he relocated first to France, then to the United States.

  • Disney's Fantasia includes a version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

  • Stravinsky has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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