A birthday salute to Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky, one of the greatest -- many would say the greatest -- composer of the 20th century, was born 127 years ago, June 17, 1882.

To mark the occasion, here are two musical salutes (thanks again, YouTube). First up, video of Stravinsky conducting the conclusion of his Firebird at the age of 82, filmed in London in 1965. It's a sensational performance, if you ask me. Note the wonderfully clipped chords in the coda, just to mention one distinctive element. After that ... 

an audio-only clip of the Kyrie from his Mass.


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