Made at the request of the . Stravinsky . Estate to commemorate the 100th anniversary of . Stravinskys birth, this highly-praised and award-winning film celebrates one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. . It includes documents, photographs and film never seen publicly before. . Stravinskys three surviving children talk about their father; and there are contributions from . Madam . Vera . Stravinsky, his musical associates . Robert . Craft, . Marie . Rambert, . Balanchine, . Benny . Goodman, . Serge . Lifar, . Jean . Cocteau, . Diaghilevs secretary, . Nijinskys daughter, . Rimsky . Korsakovs granddaughter, . Nadia . Boulanger, . Georges . Auric and many friends and colleagues. . Also included in the film are important performances: . Les . Noces in its original scoring, . Petrushka, specially recreated for the film by the . Bolshoi . Ballet in its 1911 choreography, . The . Rite of . Spring, the . Symphonies, the . Violin . Concerto. The . Rakes . Progress,. The . Symphony of . Psalms. . and much else. . Filmed in communist . Russia, . France, . Switzerland, . Latvia, . New . York and . Los . Angeles, with the . London . Symphony . Orchestra, the . London . Sinfonietta, . Westminster . Abbey . Choir, the . State . Choir of . Latvia, the . National . Radio . Orchestra of the . U. S. S. R. ,the . Royal . Ballet. . . . Finally, there is priceless film of . Stravinsky himself, talking, remembering, conducting, at work and at home and in the room in which he actually composed . The . Rite of . Spring, in this altogether unique portrait.
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