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Griffiths, Paul. STRAVINSKY. New York City, NY: Schirmer Books, 1992. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 253 pages. Fine/Fine.

Concise critical biography on subject. One of the finest monographs ever written on Igor Stravinsky, on whom there are, by now, innumerable studies. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published to considerable critical acclaim as a hardcover original only. "Provides the customary chronological narrative but organizes each chapter into two parts: A brief sketch of Stravinsky's activities during the period of his career under consideration, and then a description and analysis of that period's compositions. Griffiths makes stimulating connections among Stravinsky's oeuvre and groups the works to emphasize larger trends. For example, Chapter 25 ("Stories from the Bible") focuses on the major works of the composer's ninth decade, which draw from Biblical sources" (Library Journal). An acute musical analysis on its inexhaustible subject. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of relatively few copies of the First American Edition still available online and is in unusually fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Most copies available online have major flaws and are remainder-marked. A very scarce copy thus. The finest living music critic in the English language of his generation on the greatest composer of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER IGOR STRAVINSKY AND PAUL GRIFFITHS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0028714830. $70.00

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