Igor Stravinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, one of the most influential—and controversial—composers of the 20th century, was born exactly 134 years ago today: June 17, 1882. Stravinsky was a pianist and a conductor, but most importantly, a composer. His compositions were and still are famous for their diversity and inspiration. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean his works were received enthusiastically; … Continue reading Igor Stravinsky

Artur Rubinstein

On this day—January 28th, 1887—Artur Rubinstein was born. One of the greatest musical interpreters who ever lived, Rubinstein attracted multitudes with his beautiful tones, delicate touch, and his utter absorption in the pieces he performed. Rubinstein always played with inspiration; this could be attributed to his belief in not over-practicing. He once said: "I was born very, very lazy … Continue reading Artur Rubinstein