"who do you think you are? Stravinsky? Galsworthy?"


Public DomainStravinsky - Credit: George Grantham Bain Collection

Russian composer, conductor and pianist Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (1882-1971), who became both a naturalized French and American citizen during his lifetime, is remembered as one of the most influential 20th century composers.


With a career rich in range and diversity, Stravinsky began with ballet compositions in Russia before turning his attention to neoclassicism throughout the 1920s, when he drew inspiration from the likes of Bach and Tchaikovsky to flavour his work.

The 1950s saw his style adapt that of 'serial procedures', where he manipulated various musical elements by applying the techniques he had acquired over the preceding years and produced music similar to his earlier Russian work.

Meanwhile, English novelist and playwright John Galsworthy (1867-1933) is famously the author of 'The Forsyte Saga' (1906—1921), along with its sequels, 'A Modern Comedy' and 'End of the Chapter'.


Galsworthy, whose literary style reflected the lives of the upper-middle class and highlighted the social deficiencies within it, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932.