Igor Stravinksy in Queen's Hall - in the middle of 1921

from Igor Stravinsky: An Autobiography, pages 95-96:

I cannot pass over in silence an event in this London visit which caused me a good deal of distress. Koussevitsky was giving a concert, and asked me to entrust him with the first performance of my ‘Symphonies d’Instruments à Vent à la Mémoire de Debussy’. I did not, and indeed I could not, count on any immediate success for this work. It is devoid of all the elements which infallibly appeal to the ordinary listener and to which he is accustomed. It would be futile to look in it for any passionate impulse or dynamic brilliance. It is an austere ritual which is unfolded in terms of …   more >>
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Igor Stravinksy, Igor Stravinsky: An Autobiography (1936), p. 95-96. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434885562756 accessed: 23 March, 2023

location of experience: Queen's Hall


Igor Stravinksy
[…] Composer, Conducting, Musician, Pianist

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Symphonies d'Instruments à Vent à la Mémoire de Debussy
written by Igor Stravinksy
performed by Serge Koussevitzky

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of 1921
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Originally submitted by verafonte on Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:19:22 +0100
Approved on Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:06:44 +0000