Life and Works (1882-1920)
IGOR FEODOROVITCH STRAVINSKY was born June eighteenth (June fifth, according to the old Greek calendar), 1882, at Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, the summer resort of the old Russian capital, where his family ordinarily lived.
If one is to believe the astrologers, this is a fateful date. Born under the sign of the Gemini, Igor Stravinsky was particulary favored by the stars for an artistic vocation.
His father, of Polish descent, had acquired a reputation as bass singer at the Imperial Opera, where he filled the most important roles of the lyric repertory. He owed his celebrity not only to a perfect mastery of the vocal art, but to his remarkable gifts as an actor as well. Feodor Stravinsky, himself born of a family of well-to-do landowners, was a man of broad general and musical culture. He possessed a fine library of literary and musical works, of which the young Igor was later to avail himself freely, and from which he was to extract the popular texts of Renard, Pribaoutki, Berceuses du Chat, and Chants Russes, and