Igor Stravinsky

'Stravinsky's Piano': Visions of Neoclassical Beauty

Based off the lecture at the XV St. Petersburg International Conservatoires Festival27th October 2015 

Formerly titled: 'Stravinsky's Piano, 'pal'tserazvitiye', paradox and the St Petersburg Conservatoire'

Lecture Content:

  • Some of the topics that are explored in Griffiths, 'Stravinsky's Piano: Genesis of a Musical Language' (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • Exploration of Stravinsky’s use of the piano in his creative process throughout his long career, from his first known sketch (Tarantella, 1898) to his last published work (The Owl and the Pussycat, 1966) and beyond... With special emphasis on his most important neoclassical works, e.g. Sonate pour piano (1924), Symphony of Psalms (1930) and Symphony in Three Movements (1942-5).
  • Study (via power-point) of the very first manuscript sketches of these works (and others) held at the Stravinsky Archive (Paul Sacher Stiftung), University of Basle, Switzerland.
  • Discussion and performance of piano works by Stravinsky's piano teacher Leokadiya Kashperova (1872-1940):
    • Scherzo from Symphony in B minor (piano transcription by the composer)
    • Suite for piano 'In the Midst of Nature'

[Duration: 2 hours. Piano required. Power-point projector + screen provided.]