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Revolutions in the heartCoco and Igor by Chris Greenhalgh 311pp ReviewPeople punched each other at the premiere of the Rite of Spring Maybe it was the heat in the packed Thtre des Champs lyses on the warm Spring evening of May 29 1913 Maybe it was the primal groin-thrusting immodesty of Nijinskys choreography But the raw rhythmic violence of Stravinskys score soon spilled over into the auditorium inciting the detractors and defenders of this epoch-making music to blows Stravinskys ballet music was described by one contemporary critic as being like Russian vodka with French perfumes The description was more apt than he realised among the baying brawling crowd at the first performance of the Rite of Spring was Gabrielle Coco Chanel The careers of Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel took a remarkably close course In the first years of the 20th century Stravinsky studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov at the same time that the orphaned Chanel developed her precocious skills as a seamstress In 1910 the year of Stravinskys breakthrough ballet the Firebird Chanel registered as a milliner Three years later the Rite of Spring was launched and Coco opened her first shop Having revolutionised the worlds of music and fashion respectively they died within a year of each other in 1971The artistic missions of composer and couturiere were remarkably similar He set out to re-write the rulebook of classical composition she sought to democratise womens fashion Chanel called for clothes that women could actually move in creating minimal designs in jersey cotton a cheap fabric previously used only for shifts and chemises Stravinsky liberated tonality from its traditional harmonic corsetry stripping western music to its underwear When Stravinsky arrived in Paris seeking refuge from the First World War it seemed inevitable that his path would cross with Chanels The introduction was most likely to have been made by Diaghilev and in 1927 the two worked together on the oratorio Oedipe Roi for which Chanel
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