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IGOR STRAVINSKY Igor Stravinsky is considered by many the greatest composer of the 20th Century Several composers have made breakthroughs and great accomplishments in the past 100 years but Stravinsky has dominated nearly every trend set He was born near St Petersburg Russia in Oranienbaum on June 17 1882 He was born to a famous Russian bass opera singer Fyodor Ignatyevich Stravinsky Igor Stravinsky was third of a family of four boys He grew up hearing his father practicing his opera and attending local ballets He also started taking piano lessons when he was 9 years old and continued on with musical notation and composition instruction All throughout his early life he studied music However although he had been brought up with music and loved it dearly his parents did not want him to pursue a musical career His background was musical His parents viewed his efforts as a musician as childish but on the other hand indulged him in it with the piano and the operas and the ballets In 1902 he was sent to St Petersburg University to study criminal law and legal philosophy to honor his parents wishes While he was there he still concentrated on his music and especially his composing In the summer of 1902 he was introduced to the Russian composer Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Rimsky was extremely impressed with Stravinskys early compositions that he convinced him not to enter the conservatory for academic training but to study privately with him as his teacher He was tutored privately by Rimsky in instrumentation and orchestration for about three years In 1905 Stravinsky graduated from the St Petersburg University In the meantime he continued his studies with Rimsky The next year his mind still not made up about becoming a professional musician he married his second cousin Catherine Nossenko Stravinskys Symphony in E Flat Major 1905-1907 was his first piece
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