will be found in innumerable compositions of the following years.
The date of The Rite of Spring-1913-is significant. It was written just before the outbreak of World War I, and perhaps the violence of the music foreshadows the destruction and carnage which were about to begin. This war was the real end of the nineteenth century, for after it, the political, economic, and social life of Europe changed drastically. Not until the 1920's was the "brave new world" born.
Stravinsky's later compositions will be discussed in Chapter IX, where a summary of his style characteristics and a bibliography will also be found.
The best study of Ravel's life and music is Roland Manuel's Maurice Ravel ( London, 1947). Other recommended books are Ravel by Norman Demuth ( "The Master Musicians, New Series," London, 1947), and Victor Seroff's Maurice Ravel ( New York, 1953).
Two fascinating books devoted to Diaghilev are Arnold Haskell 's Diaghileff, His Artistic and Private Life ( New York, 1935) and Serge Lifar's Serge Diaghilev, His Life, His Work, His Legend ( New York, 1940). There are many books written by people who were connected with Diaghilev's ballet. Among them, Nijinsky by Romola Nijinsky ( New York, 1934) is recommended for its pictures of backstage intrigue and insights into the complicated personalities of the important people involved in these crucial productions.