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KIRKUS REVIEW

A companion to the earlier Conversations With Igor Stravinsky, this text once more manifests the singular ability of Robert Craft to ask meaningful questions and the equally dazzling capacity of the composer to provide intriguing answers. Of a less technical nature than the first volume, this text seeks Stravinsky out on various levels: in intercourse with ideas, with art, and with men--the titans of Russian ballet, royalty of Europe, and the musical and literary figures of the world. His family and his background, both personal and musical, are reviewed in intimate though tasteful reminiscences and here Stravinsky exposes a unique grasp of personality in which sensibility and objectivity achieve a noble balance. The intellectual breadth of Stravinsky, his preoccupation with a vast range of subjects, is reflected in the first scenario of the Rake's Progress and a collection of letters to Stravinsky from such noteworthy men as Hahn, Gide, Lord Berners, Benois, Auden, etc., give extra body to this portrait of urbanity and intellectual glamour.

Publisher: Doubleday