Igor Stravinsky presents the curious paradox of a composer who, after being attacked on the grounds that he was too far in advance of his time, is now unjustly criticized for being too far behind it. And, odd as it may seem, the origin of both onslaughts is the same: the initial reluctance of the appreciators of any art to readjust themselves to the altering values which the constant probing of the artist must inevitably engender. For the artist by nature is one who sees ever new ways of re-combining existing material, that is, because he is searching for the perfect way of forming this material.
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Publication information: Book title: Igor Stravinsky. Contributors: Edwin Corle - Editor. Publisher: Duell, Sloan and Pearce. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1949. Page number: 105.
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