Life and Works (1920-1948)
AT THE end of 1919, Stravinsky finally left his Swiss refuge of so many years, which he was always to remember with warm gratitude.
He decided to establish himself in France, that country and especially Paris having regained, after the war, its position as the world center of art.
It was again during a vacation in Brittany that he finished his Concertino for String Quartet and his Symphonies for Wind Instruments, dedicated to the memory of Claude Debussy and written at the instigation of the Revue Musicale, directed by the late Henri Prunières, who was to publish in the supplement the choral finale, the Tomb of Debussy.
The two works are clearly connected with Stravinsky's production in Switzerland: L'Histoire du Soldat, Les Noces, Renard, and Ragtime.
The plural title of the Symphonies for Wind Instruments indicates that it was not the composer's intention to use the sonata form, which would have implied the
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Publication information: Book title: Igor Stravinsky:The Man and His Music. Contributors: Alexandre Tansman - Author, Therese Bleefield - Translator, Charles Bleefield - Translator. Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1949. Page number: 207.
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