Homage to Igor Stravinsky
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Igor Stravinsky, the Opera of the National Theater decided to pay tribute to one of the most important figures of classical music of the 20th century in the form of an online concert. Stravinsky's anniversary falls on April 6, 2021. An online concert will be recorded on the YouTube on April 21. 2021.
In 1998, Igor Stravinsky was ranked among the 100 most influential figures in 20th century history by the American magazine Time. His music is very extensive and very diverse. It has undergone radical stylistic changes from late Romanticism through expressionism, neoclassicism to the experimental trends of the 1950s and 1960s. It is also characterized by the diversity of genres, forms, inspirations and themes or instrumental casts. For our concert, we therefore deliberately chose five Stravinsky compositions, representing five different, even opposite worlds, which differ fundamentally in their musical language, atmosphere, theme and cast. Their only common feature is the author's admirably variable personality.
We pay tribute to Igor Stravinsky as part of the Musica non grata project, a multi-year cycle in which we present music by authors who in the past became undesirable for one of the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century, especially Nazi but also Communist. Paradoxically, Stravinsky is one of these authors - paradoxically, because he himself was not one of the particularly politically engaged artists, nor among those whose racial or social origin would arouse resentment among representatives of totalitarian power. Nevertheless, his music was described as "perverted" in Germany in the late 1930s and as such was also presented in 1938 at the infamous Nazi exhibition Entartete Musik in Düsseldorf. And even earlier, in the early 1930s, Stravinsky fell out of favor with the Bolsheviks in Soviet Russia. However, Stravinsky's music eventually survived both totalitarians and continues to sound 50 years after his death.