Stravinsky, Igor
1882 - 1971
Russian composer renowned for his ballet scores beginning with 'Firebird', and 'Petrushka' for the Ballets Russes in Paris.

'Rites of Spring' created a scandal because of its complex rhythms and polytonal harmonies. Despite this, Stravinsky's music greatly influenced contemporary music. After residing in France he moved in 1939 to the U.S. where he continued writing music for the stage.