Ragtime was as sophisticated as Stravinsky, Van Vechten asserted, blues singer Clara Smith as sublime an artist as any opera diva.
Composers from Monteverdi to Gluck, to Stravinsky, to Philip Glass, have told it in music.
Stravinsky is sociable and direct; he writes simply for the enjoyment of player and hearer alike.
Stravinsky almost did this in The Nightingale but the break must be more complete.
So, if it is inexact to say that Stravinsky writes Jazz, it is true to say that his genius has been nourished by it.
By this road we lead on to Stravinsky, Casella, and Malipiero.
Stravinsky is new; is he therefor to be considered worse than Liszt?
Stravinsky is a new man not to be slighted, nor are Kodaly and Bartok.
When we played the Stravinsky pieces here, for instance, his Pétrouschka and Firebird had not yet been heard.
Stravinsky's music is a good deal less bewildering now than it was five years ago.