June 17 Birthday: WHEN STRAVINSKY MET NIJINSKI. Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Najinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, composer, conductor
b. June 17, 1882
d. April 6, 1971

Vaslav Nijinsky, ballet dancer, choreographer
b. March 12, 1890
d. April 8, 1850

WHEN STRAVINSKY MET NIJINSKY: TWO ARTISTS, THEIR BALLET, AND ONE EXTRAORDINARY RIOT (Houghton Mifflin, 2013)

by Lauren Stringer

Overview

The Russian artists Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav
Nijinsky were popular in their time: Stravinsky for music, Nijinsky for
dance. When their radically new ballet, The Rite of Spring, was
first performed in Paris on May 29, 1913, the reaction was so polarized,
there were fistfights and riots! Brilliant or disastrous, the
performance marked the birth of modern music and dance. Stringer’s
rhythmic text and gloriously inventive, color-rich paintings capture the
wild and imaginative collaboration of composer and choreographer. The
fascinating author note includes photos of the dynamic duo and The Rite of Spring dancers.

June 17 Birthday: Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky, musician
June 17, 1882-April 6, 1971


Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1993)

A Russian-American composer, Stravinsky wrote The Rite of Spring. He is known as one of the only composers to realize overnight success.

For more about Stravinsky, read more on the Igor Stravinsky Foundation site.