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  • Lomonosov (Then Oranienbaum), Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Saturday Jun 17, 1882

    Born

    Lomonosov (Then Oranienbaum), Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Saturday Jun 17, 1882

    Stravinsky was born on 17 June 1882 in Oranienbaum, a suburb of Saint Petersburg, the Russian imperial capital, and was brought up in Saint Petersburg.




  • Saint Petersburg, Russia (Russian Empire)
    1901

    Studing Law

    Saint Petersburg, Russia (Russian Empire)
    1901

    Despite his enthusiasm for music and their musical background, his parents expected him to study law. Stravinsky enrolled at the University of Saint Petersburg in 1901, but he attended fewer than fifty class sessions during his four years of study.




  • Heidelberg, Germany
    1902

    Staying With Composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and His Family

    Heidelberg, Germany
    1902

    In the summer of 1902, Stravinsky stayed with composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and his family in the German city of Heidelberg, where Rimsky-Korsakov, arguably the leading Russian composer at that time, suggested to Stravinsky that he should not enter the Saint Petersburg Conservatoire but instead study composing by taking private lessons, in large part because of his age.




  • Heidelberg, Germany
    1905

    Beginning to take twice-weekly private lessons

    Heidelberg, Germany
    1905

    After getting his half-course diploma, he concentrated on studying music. In 1905, he began to take twice-weekly private lessons from Rimsky-Korsakov, whom he came to regard as a second father. These lessons continued until Rimsky-Korsakov's death in 1908.




  • Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Tuesday Jan 23, 1906

    1st Marriage

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Tuesday Jan 23, 1906

    In 1905, Stravinsky was engaged to his cousin Katherine Gavrylivna Nosenko (called "Katya"), whom he had known since early childhood. In spite of the Orthodox Church's opposition to marriage between first cousins, the couple married on 23 January 1906.




  • Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Apr, 1906

    Receiving a Half-Course Diploma

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Apr, 1906

    The university was closed for two months in 1905 in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday, Stravinsky was prevented from taking his final law examinations and later received a half-course diploma in April 1906.




  • Ustyluh, Volyn Oblast, Ukraine (Russian Empire)
    1907

    Stravinsky designed and built His Own House In Ustilug

    Ustyluh, Volyn Oblast, Ukraine (Russian Empire)
    1907

    In 1907, Stravinsky designed and built his own house in Ustilug, which he called "my heavenly place". In this house, Stravinsky worked on seventeen of his early compositions, among them Feu d'artifice, The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring. Recently renovated, the house is now a Stravinsky house-museum open to the public.


  • Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Feb, 1909

    The Concert in Saint Petersburg

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Feb, 1909

    In February 1909, two of Stravinsky's orchestral works, the Scherzo fantastique and Feu d'artifice (Fireworks) were performed at a concert in Saint Petersburg, where they were heard by Serge Diaghilev, who was at that time involved in planning to present Russian opera and ballet in Paris. Diaghilev was sufficiently impressed by Fireworks to commission Stravinsky to carry out some orchestrations and then to compose a full-length ballet score, The Firebird.


  • Paris, France
    Saturday Jun 25, 1910

    The Firebird's Premiere

    Paris, France
    Saturday Jun 25, 1910

    Stravinsky became an overnight sensation following the success of the Firebird's premiere in Paris on 25 June 1910.The composer had travelled from his estate in Ustilug to Paris in early June to attend the final rehearsals and the premiere of The Firebird.


  • Switzerland
    Sep, 1910

    Moving to Switzerland

    Switzerland
    Sep, 1910

    His family joined him before the end of the ballet season and they decided to remain in the West for a time, as his wife was expecting their third child. After spending the summer in La Baule, Brittany, they moved to Switzerland in early September.


  • Lausanne, Switzerland
    Friday Sep 23, 1910

    Their Second Son Was born

    Lausanne, Switzerland
    Friday Sep 23, 1910

    On 23 September, their second son, Sviatoslav Soulima, was born at a maternity clinic in Lausanne; at the end of the month, they took up residence in Clarens.


  • Paris, France
    Thursday May 29, 1913

    Stravinsky Contracted Typhoid

    Paris, France
    Thursday May 29, 1913

    Shortly following the premiere of The Rite of Spring on 29 May 1913, Stravinsky contracted typhoid from eating bad oysters, and was confined to a Paris nursing home, unable to depart for Ustilug until 11 July.


  • Lausanne, Switzerland
    Thursday Jan 15, 1914

    Their Fourth son was born

    Lausanne, Switzerland
    Thursday Jan 15, 1914

    The Stravinsky family returned to Switzerland (as usual) in the fall of 1913. On 15 January 1914, a fourth child, Marie Milène (or Maria Milena), was born in Lausanne. After her delivery, Katya was discovered to have tuberculosis and was confined to the sanatorium at Leysin, high in the Alps. Igor and the family took up residence nearby.


  • Leysin, Switzerland
    Saturday Mar 28, 1914

    Completing his first Opera

    Leysin, Switzerland
    Saturday Mar 28, 1914

    Stravinsky turned his attention to completing his first opera, the Nightingale (usually known by its French title Le Rossignol), which he had begun in 1908 (that is, before his association with the Ballets Russes). The work had been commissioned by the Moscow Free Theatre for the handsome fee of 10,000 rubles. and he completed Le Rossignol at Leysin on 28 March, 1914.


  • Clarens, Switzerland
    Apr, 1914

    Returning To Clarens

    Clarens, Switzerland
    Apr, 1914

    In April, they were finally able to return to Clarens.


  • Paris, France
    Tuesday May 26, 1914

    The Premiere of Le Rossignol

    Paris, France
    Tuesday May 26, 1914

    As the Moscow Free Theatre had gone bankrupt, Le Rossignol was first performed under Diaghilev's auspices at the Paris Opéra on 26 May 1914, with sets and costumes designed by Alexandre Benois.


  • Ustyluh, Volyn Oblast, Ukraine
    Jul, 1914

    Stravinsky made a quick trip to Ustilug To Retrieve Personal Effects

    Ustyluh, Volyn Oblast, Ukraine
    Jul, 1914

    In July 1914, with war looming, Stravinsky made a quick trip to Ustilug to retrieve personal effects including his reference works on Russian folk music. He returned to Switzerland just before national borders closed following the outbreak of World War I. The war and subsequent Russian Revolution made it impossible for Stravinsky to return to his homeland, and he did not set foot upon Russian soil again until October 1962.


  • Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Apr, 1915

    Stravinsky Received a Commission From Winnaretta Singer For a Small-Scale Theatrical Work

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Apr, 1915

    In April 1915, Stravinsky received a commission from Winnaretta Singer (Princesse Edmond de Polignac) for a small-scale theatrical work to be performed in her Paris salon. The result was Renard (1916), which he called "A burlesque in song and dance".


  • Morges, Switzerland
    Jun, 1915

    Moving to Morges

    Morges, Switzerland
    Jun, 1915

    In June 1915, Stravinsky and his family moved from Clarens to Morges, a town six miles south-west of Lausanne on the shore of Lake Geneva. The family lived there (at three different addresses) until 1920.


  • Lausanne, Switzerland
    Saturday Sep 28, 1918

    Reinhart Sponsored and Largely Underwrote The First Performance of L'Histoire du soldat

    Lausanne, Switzerland
    Saturday Sep 28, 1918

    Stravinsky struggled financially during this period. Russia (and its successor, the USSR) did not adhere to the Berne Convention and this created problems for Stravinsky when collecting royalties for the performances of all his Ballets Russes compositions. Stravinsky blamed Diaghilev for his financial troubles, accusing him of failing to live up to the terms of a contract they had signed. He approached the Swiss philanthropist Werner Reinhart for financial assistance while he was writing L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale). Reinhart sponsored and largely underwrote its first performance, conducted by Ernest Ansermet on 28 September 1918 at the Théâtre Municipal de Lausanne. In gratitude, Stravinsky dedicated the work to Reinhart and gave him the original manuscript.


  • Carantec, Brittany, France
    Tuesday Jun 08, 1920

    Moving To The Fishing Village of Carantec

    Carantec, Brittany, France
    Tuesday Jun 08, 1920

    On 8 June 1920, the entire family left Morges for the last time, and moved to the fishing village of Carantec in Brittany for the summer while also seeking a new home in Paris.


  • Garches, France
    Sep, 1920

    Coco Chanel Invited Stravinsky and His Family To Reside at Her New Mansion "Bel Respiro"

    Garches, France
    Sep, 1920

    On hearing of their dilemma, couturière Coco Chanel invited Stravinsky and his family to reside at her new mansion "Bel Respiro" in the Paris suburb of Garches until they could find a more suitable residence; they arrived during the second week of September. At the same time, Chanel also guaranteed the new (December 1920) Ballets Russes production of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with an anonymous gift to Diaghilev, said to have been 300,000 francs.


  • Paris, France
    Feb, 1921

    Metting Vera de Bosset

    Paris, France
    Feb, 1921

    Stravinsky met Vera de Bosset in Paris in February 1921, while she was married to the painter and stage designer Serge Sudeikin, and they began an affair that led to Vera leaving her husband.


  • Anglet, France
    May, 1921

    Moving to Anglet

    Anglet, France
    May, 1921

    In May 1921, Stravinsky and his family moved to Anglet, near Biarritz, southwestern France.


  • Nice, France
    Sep, 1924

    Stravinsky bought "an expensive house" in Nice

    Nice, France
    Sep, 1924

    In September 1924, Stravinsky bought "an expensive house" in Nice: the Villa des Roses.


  • Voreppe, France
    1931

    The Stravinskys moved to Voreppe

    Voreppe, France
    1931

    From 1931 to 1933, the Stravinskys lived in Voreppe, near Grenoble, southeastern France.


  • Paris, France
    1934

    The Stravinskys became French Citizens

    Paris, France
    1934

    The Stravinskys became French citizens in 1934 and moved to the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris.


  • France
    1939

    His Wife's Death

    France
    1939

    From their moving to Anglet until his wife's death in 1939, Stravinsky led a double life, dividing his time between his family in Anglet, and Vera in Paris and on tour. Katya reportedly bore her husband's infidelity "with a mixture of magnanimity, bitterness, and compassion".


  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Sep, 1939

    Stravinsky sailed (alone) for The United States

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Sep, 1939

    Despite the outbreak of World War II on 1 September 1939, the widowed Stravinsky sailed (alone) for the United States at the end of the month, arriving in New York City and thence to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to fulfill his engagement at Harvard.


  • Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Saturday Mar 09, 1940

    2nd Marriage

    Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Saturday Mar 09, 1940

    Vera followed Stravinsky in January, and they were married in Bedford, Massachusetts, on 9 March 1940.


  • Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Saturday Jan 15, 1944

    Stravinsky's incident with the Boston Police

    Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Saturday Jan 15, 1944

    Stravinsky's unconventional dominant seventh chord in his arrangement of the "Star-Spangled Banner" led to an incident with the Boston police on 15 January 1944, and he was warned that the authorities could impose a $100 fine upon any "re-arrangement of the national anthem in whole or in part". The police, as it turned out, were wrong. The law in question merely forbade using the national anthem "as dance music, as an exit march, or as a part of a medley of any kind", but the incident soon established itself as a myth, in which Stravinsky was supposedly arrested, held in custody for several nights, and photographed for police records.


  • West Hollywood, California, U.S.
    1945

    Stravinsky became a Naturalized United States Citizen

    West Hollywood, California, U.S.
    1945

    Stravinsky settled in West Hollywood. He spent more time living in Los Angeles than any other city. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1945.


  • Venice, Italy
    Tuesday Sep 11, 1951

    The Premiere of The Rake's Progress

    Venice, Italy
    Tuesday Sep 11, 1951

    In 1951, he completed his last neoclassical work, the opera The Rake's Progress to a libretto by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman based on the etchings of William Hogarth. It premiered in Venice that year and was produced around Europe the following year before being staged in the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1953.


  • Copenhagen, Denmark
    1959

    The Sonning Award

    Copenhagen, Denmark
    1959

    In 1959, he was awarded the Sonning Award, Denmark's highest musical honour.


  • Moscow, Russia (Soviet Union)
    Sep, 1962

    Travinsky Returned To Russia For The First Time Since 1914

    Moscow, Russia (Soviet Union)
    Sep, 1962

    In September 1962, Stravinsky returned to Russia for the first time since 1914, accepting an invitation from the Union of Soviet Composers to conduct six performances in Moscow and Leningrad. During the three-week visit he met with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and several leading Soviet composers, including Dmitri Shostakovich and Aram Khachaturian.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Oct, 1969

    Stravinsky Relocated To an Apartment in Essex House In New York City

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Oct, 1969

    In October 1969, Stravinsky relocated to an apartment in Essex House in New York City. Among Stravinsky's final projects was orchestrating two preludes from The Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach, but it was never completed.


  • New York, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 18, 1971

    Stravinsky was taken to the Hospital

    New York, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 18, 1971

    On 18 March 1971, Stravinsky was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital with pulmonary edema where he stayed for ten days.


  • 920 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, U.S.
    Monday Mar 29, 1971

    Stravinsky moved into a Newly Furbished Apartment

    920 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, U.S.
    Monday Mar 29, 1971

    On 29 March, he moved into a newly furbished apartment at 920 Fifth Avenue, his first city apartment since living in Paris in 1939.


  • 920 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 04, 1971

    The Edema Returned

    920 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, U.S.
    Sunday Apr 04, 1971

    After a period of well being, the edema returned on 4 April and Vera insisted that medical equipment should be installed in the apartment.


  • 920 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 06, 1971
    05:20:00 AM

    Death

    920 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 06, 1971

    Stravinsky stopped eating and drinking and died at 5:20 a.m. on 6 April at the age of 88. The cause on his death certificate is heart failure. A funeral service was held three days later at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel. As per his wishes, he was buried in the Russian corner of the cemetery island of San Michele in northern Italy, several yards from the tomb of Sergei Diaghilev.


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