IN THE REVIEW

Igor Stravinsky: Obiter Dicta

[1919] A true creator should not lose his time discoursing about the tendencies and consequences of his art…. [1926] And I do not want to be a critic. I am in the world to create my own way…. [1937] We do not know about the future. The future does not …

Stravinsky: The Last Interview

Thou thalt not kill; but need’st not strive Officiously to keep alive. —Arthur Hugh Clough (March 1-2, 1971) NYR: What are your thoughts about the new euthanasia movement, Mr. Stravinsky? I.S.: First of all, I noticed on their appeals that the two leading promoter organizations share the same building as …

Rap Session

When I begin to be over conscious of my lungs I go to sea…for the pure air…quitting the good city of old Manhatto…. Moby Dick The isle is full of noises. The Tempest NYR: The Times said you had chosen to live in New York, Mr. Stravinsky. I.S.: …

Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man (Cont.)

I EAU D’EVIAN When I made the first incision [in the autopsy of a man who had drunk too much mineral water] the glitter of the stalactites in the poor fellow’s gastric cavity positively blinded me—I had to wear blue glasses for a month. —George Meredith NYR: It is …

Progress Report

And he was preparing to cry out to show that he wasn’t dead. —Solomos, The Woman of Zakynthos NYR: It is good to see you up and about again, Mr. Stravinsky. I.S.: Thank you. But I am not “about” very much. The problem of locomotion was in …

Where Is Thy Sting?

Crito: The attendant who is to give you the [hemlock] wants me to tell you not to talk too much…talking is apt to interfere with the action of the poison. —Phaedo, 63 NYR: When you went to Europe recently, Mr. Stravinsky, we heard that you were intending to go …

A Realm of Truth

The Beethoven Quartets

by Joseph Kerman
Mr. Kerman is a high-minded guide. I recommended him to high-minded readers, as well as to credit-minded students in need of a crib—if in these days of student power anyone still is. I also urge musicians to try the book, especially those who despise ancillas and tend to shirk harmonic …

Side Effects: An Interview with Stravinsky

“One of the difficulties in assessing the skill of the medical practitioners of the time is the almost complete absence of any records of the patients who had come for treatment.” —From a review of Medicine in Medieval England, T. L. S. Jan. 11, 1968 NYR: We were sorry …