Igor Stravinksy in Geneva - January, 1915

from Memories and Commentaries, page 117:

I heard a cimbalom for the first time in a Geneva café with Ansermet one evening in January 1915, and decided it could be used as a substitute for the guzla. The cimbalomist, a Mr Racz, kindly helped me find an instrument, which I purchased and kept with me troghout my Swiss and French years. I learned to play it, and to love it, and I composed Renard ‘on’ it (as I normally compose ‘on’ a piano), with two sticks in my hand, writing down as I composed.

cite as

Igor Stravinksy and Robert Craft, Memories and Commentaries (Queen Square, London, 2002), p. 117. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1450295386627 accessed: 12 April, 2024

location of experience: Geneva


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

Experience Information

Date/Time January, 1915
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by verafonte on Wed, 16 Dec 2015 19:49:46 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:18:42 +0100