Igor Stravinsky

Russian composer, 1882-1971

Stravinsky was a Russian (and later, a naturalized French and American) composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. His compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes: „The Firebird“ (1910), „Petrushka“ (1911) and „The Rite of Spring“ (1913). His „Russian phase“ was followed in the 1920s by a period in which he turned to neoclassical music. In the 1950s, Stravinsky adopted serial procedures.

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Strawinski, Igor

Komponist (1882-1971). Autograph picture postcard signed. Beaulieu. Oblong 8vo. 2 pp. With autograph address.
$ 3,546 / 3.000 € (33394/BN28496)

To Mademoiselle Berson (presumably Alice Berson, Chagall's benefactor), thanking her for sending him her "oeuvrette": "Ne znayu, kak Vas blagodarit' za Vashe miloye oeuvrette; kogda konchu svoi baletnye exkursii budu dumat' ob etom, kak Vam govoril. No kak skoro Vy pishite! Prosto udivitel'no i takoy modern, chto moye pochteniye. Bravo I blagodaryu Vas eschyo raz ochen. Shlyu Vam I vsem Vashim, kak ot menya, tak I ot zheny iskrenniy privet [...]". - The picture side shows the young composer beside a christmas tree. - Torn in the middle; address line with some traces of mounting.

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Strawinski, Igor

Komponist (1882-1971). Inscribed copy of: Cinq Pièces Faciles pour piano a quatre mains (main droite facile) Andante, Española, Balalaïka, Napolitana, Galop. Genf. 19 SS. Originalumschlag. Qu.-4to.
$ 6,500 / 5.500 € (49481/BN33884)

First edition, inscribed "pour Madame René Auberjonois, en grande sympathie, Igor Strawinsky, Morges 17-IX-17". - The present volume constitutes an impressive document of Stravinsky's life during the October Revolution. A composition for his children, this work was penned in 1914/15, shortly after leaving Russia forever and settling down into Swiss exile, all connections to his Russian homeland having been severed by the Great War. The events of the war also meant that Stravinsky was unable to solicit commissions, receive royalties, or even contact his publishers; his collaboration with Djaghilev had more or less ground to a halt, their tour having returned hardly any profit.

It was at this time that Stravinsky had to rely upon the generosity of wealthy Swiss patrons such as Madame Auberjonois, who was the first wife of the post-Impressionist Swiss painter René Auberjonois, mother of author Fernand Auberjonois, and later grandmother of the American actor René Murat Auberjonois. Stravinsky had met René Auberjonois in the fall of 1917, during the planning stages of "Histoire du Soldat", and he later became an important acquaintance of Stravinsky's. The present copy must have been presented during the early years of their friendship..

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Strawinski, Igor

Komponist (1882-1971). Autograph musical quotation signed. Paris. 1 S. Qu.-kl.-8vo.
$ 5,319 / 4.500 € (72339/BN46141)

A particularly fine quotation from his second ballet "Petrushka", first performed by Sergei Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes" at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on 13 June 1911. - In pencil; small traces of mounting on reverse.

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Strawinski, Igor

Komponist (1882-1971). Portrait postcard signed and dated. [Paris]. 1 S. Qu.-8vo.
$ 1,418 / 1.200 € (73269/BN47637)

Dedicated to Dagmar Godovsky as a cordial memory: "Pour Dagmar Godovsky en souvenir bien cordial de Strawinsky". - The famous portrait of Strawinsky was taken in the studio of Boris Lipnitzki in Paris in 1929. - Silent film actress Mercedes Dagmar Godowsky (1897-1975) was the daughter of the Polish composer and pianist Leopold Godowsky and his wife Frederica Saxa. - Slightly stained, corners slightly bumped and with a small spot.

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Eigenh. musikalisches Albumblatt mit U.
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Five bars from „Die Geschichte vom Soldaten“ („Histoire du Soldat“, 1918).


Strawinski, Igor

"Pétrouchka Scènes Burlesques en 4 Tableaux d'Igor Strawinsky et Alexandre Benois Partition Edition de Poche". Widmungsexemplar mit zweifacher eigenh. Widmung.
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With two autograph inscriptions in black ink in Stravinsky's hand to the French composer Elsa Barraine, one to head of title: "J'ai honte d'écrire là-dessus! Mais tournez la page, vielle Claudinette, et vous serez récompensé" ("I am ashamed to write this! But turn the page, old Claudinette, and you will be rewarded!"), below which Stravinsky writes Barraine's name in reverse order, and the next to the following page: "Pour Mlle Elsa Barraine I. Strawinsky Nov. [19]37". - "Petrushka", one of Stravinsky's best-known and loved works, represents the essence of Diaghilev's monumental Ballets Russes era. The ballet received its first performance, with the incomparable Nijinsky in the title role, at the Théâtre du Chátelet on June 13, 1911, conducted by Pierre Monteux, with choreography by Fokine and designs by Alexandre Benois. - Elsa Jacqueline Barraine (1910-1999), daughter of cellist Alfred Barraine, studied at the Paris Conservatory with Paul Dukas, among others, where she won first prize for both harmony (1925) and piano accompaniment (1927); she also won first prize at the Prix de Rome for her cantata La Vierge guerrière in 1929. She was an active member of the Front National des Musiciens during the war and from 1944-1946 was director of the Orchestre National de France. Barraine joined the faculty of the Conservatoire de Paris in 1953. - Wrapper reinforced with tape at inner margin; small tear to lower edge repaired. A re-issue of the first edition of the full score of 1912, here published in a small "pocket score" format.