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KIRKUS REVIEW

The fourth volume in a series of felicitous collaboration between the great composer and his close associate, this follows Conversations with Igor Stravinsky, Memoirs and Commentaries and Expositions and Developments. Once again, while Stravinsky is on stage, and in command, his commentary is witty, precise, fascinating. To the intelligent questioning of Robert Craft he responds with comments on the composition of Oedipus Rex (a ""still life""), Apollo and Persephone; on the thoughts of an octogenarian (""the dualism of self and body-container widens""), he recollects friends--Evelyn Waugh, Christopher Isherwood, Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard--associates--Cocteau and St. John-Perce--and colleagues--Hindemith, Schoenberg (with a view to shared ground). There are program notes on a number of works and working notes for The Flood. The view offered by Robert Craft's diary of journeys with the Stravinskys to Japan, South America and Russia reveals something of the living man in engaging fashion.

Publisher: Doubleday