It happen today…

On April 6th, 1971 died the Russian composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, widely acknowledged as one of the most important and influential composers of 20th century music; also named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the century.
He achieved international fame with three ballets, composed during his Russian Period (1908 – 1918), commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev and performed by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes: the Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911 – 1947) and the Rite of Spring (1913).

You can appreciate a notable execution of Petrushka, performed by the talented Japanese pianist Takahiro Yoshikawa on Limenmusic Web Tv.
Petrushka is a Russian traditional puppet, with a bag of stawdust as his body, and a head made of wood, who comes to life and develops emotions. The movements reveal his impossible desire to be human and show all the torment for his condition.
All the emotions and feelings of this touching tale are evoked by Takahiro Yoshikawa’s interpretation, able to express through his music the personal and intimate world of the puppets.
For the concert, please click here.

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