(Born at Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, on June 5, 1882)
AS FOR STRAVINSKY, we personally prefer the Stravinsky of the Sacre du Printemps to the Stravinsky who of late has been attempting to compose in the manner of Bach. To begin with, we do not hear music now with the ears of the earlier centuries, and the old idiom today has no pertinence except when it has been handed down to us by a master of it, who broke through the idiom and made a universal language of it for many years to come. Stravinsky's feeble echo is simply dull, boresome. His "Muscovism" is greatly to be preferred.
A DANCED LEGEND
i. Introduction: Kastchei's Enchanted Garden and Dance of the Fire-Bird ii. Supplication of the Fire-Bird iii. The Princesses Play with the Golden Apples iv. Dance of the Princess iva. Berceuse v. Infernal Dance of All the Subjects of Kastcheï vi. Finale
IN THE SUMMER of 1909 Diaghilev asked Stravinsky to write a ballet founded on the old Russian legend of the Fire-Bird. The score was ready in May, 1910. The scenario was the work of Fokine.