Stravinsky and the Phenomenon of Music
WE SHALL consider Stravinsky's work, monumental in its volume as well as in its intrinsic value, first of all from the point of view of the "rule of the game"--a complex, varied, stimulating game, governed by an honest, genuine rule, established once and for all, like a law inherent in the musical art itself. The rule of the game is characterized by a single common denominator, in its widest but also in its most restricted sense: music, nothing but music, the whole of music.
Though Stravinsky frequently changes his game, it is not because he has come to consider the previous game unsatisfactory in its essence or in its realization. On the contrary, it is because he believes that the more successful a game has been, the more necessary it becomes to invent another one, instead of making an infinity of variations upon the first. To Stravinsky, each work presents a particular problem to be solved, something for the intellect to put in order, an obstacle to overcome, and if there is