Igor Stravinksy in London

from Themes and Conclusions, page 94:

And performance can make the hundred percent difference between non-sense and comprehension, as it cannot do with a popular classic. Even in the case of so simple and accessible a piece as my own Symphonies of Wind Instruments, I ought not to have blamed the listeners who took it for an ugly duckling as its London debut (though I have launched an unsuitable metaphor; the work is no swan even when perfectly played): it was unintelligibly performed.

cite as

Igor Stravinksy, Themes and Conclusions (Queen Square, London, 1972), p. 94. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1450183360258 accessed: 2 February, 2023

location of experience: London

Listeners

Igor Stravinksy
[…] Composer, Conducting, Musician, Pianist
1882-1971

Listening to

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Symphonies of Wind Instruments
written by Igor Stravinksy

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:42:41 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:43:25 +0100