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Igor Stravinsky
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    (June 17, 1882-April 6, 1971)
    Russian composer
    Moved to Paris and then the United States
    Composer of many works - including operas, symphonies, chamber music, songs, and ballets
    He sometimes signed his name by placing his initials, I and S, over one another--creating a dollar sign ($).
    After writing masterpieces like 'The Rite of Spring' and 'The Wedding,' he sold out and wrote cheesy neoclassical, but lucrative, commissions.
    He exploited the notorious riot that greeted the premiere of his ballet 'The Rite of Spring' for celebrity.
    He charged enormously high fees for his music ('on behalf of my brother composers, Schubert and Mozart, who died in poverty').
    He smoked (enough to contract nicotine poisoning).
    He 'borrowed' Russian folksongs in his music but hid this fact from listeners and scholars.
    When the Venice Festival was upset that the work they commissioned, the Canticum sacrum, was too short, Stravinsky told them to play it twice.
    For many years in Beverly Hills, he was neighbors with Arnold Schoenberg, the great Austrian composer, but never spoke to him.
    >He wrote: 'Music means nothing in itself.'
    When Samuel Goldwyn hired Stravinsky for scoring a film, Stravinsky gave him some music. Goldwyn said, 'Oh, you don't understand--we do the movie and then you do the score.' Stravinsky said, 'No, you don't understand: this is the score; you do the movie.
    He slept with Coco Chanel.
    He ranked in Time Magazine's Top 100 Artists of the Twentieth Century.
    He slept with Coco Chanel.
    He was a musical genius.
    His 'Rite of Spring' is the most important work of classical music of the twentieth century.
    He said: 'I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes.'
    He said: 'I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.'
    Four days before he died, he signed a note in Russian with his name in English letters, and when his wife told him to sign in Russian, he wrote instead 'Oh how I love you!'

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