Stravinsky, it seems, is fadingOrchestras
From my monthly essay in the new issue of The Critic:
Around the time I started writing about music, it was common — obligatory, in some quarters — to refer to Igor Stravinsky as the Great Composer of the Twentieth Century. Memories of the man were still fresh (he died in 1971) and his historic stature seemed secure.
Pierre Boulez said: “The death of Stravinsky means the final disappearance of a musical generation which gave music its basic shock at the beginning of this century.” His publisher Ernst Roth said: “After Stravinsky, it will be as it was after Michelangelo.”
These perceptions have since shrunk dramatically. Stravinsky, right now, is in freefall….
Read on here.