Tuesday, March 03, 2009
From Russia with love
Igor Stravinsky greets Mistlav Rostropvich at the Royal Academy of Music, London in June 1964. Stravinsky was in England to conduct his Symphony of Psalms and Variations on the Bach Chorale Von Himmel Hoch da komm' ich her at the English Bach Festival in Oxford, and rehearsals were held at the Royal Academy. Mrs Stravinsky has her back to the camera, while the figure in the background extreme upper-left is the 20 year old John Tavener. Stravinsky's early serial composition Canticum Sacrum was a major influence on the young Tavener. All the Stravinsky works mentioned in this post are in the complete Stravinsky box at a crazy price.
Photo and background from Geoffrey Haydon's excellent John Tavener - Glimpses of Paradise (Gollancz ISBN0575057033). It was published in 1995 and is now out of print, but is well worth seeking out. Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Report errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk