When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky

Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot

By Lauren Stringer
(Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780547907253, 32pp.)

Publication Date: March 2013

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The Russian artists Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky were popular in their time: Stravinsky for music, Nijinsky for dance. When their radically new ballet, "The Rite of Spring," was first performed in Paris on May 29, 1913, the reaction was so polarized, there were fistfights and riots Brilliant or disastrous, the performance marked the birth of modern music and dance. Stringer's rhythmic text and gloriously inventive, color-rich paintings capture the wild and imaginative collaboration of composer and choreographer. The fascinating author note includes photos of the dynamic duo and "The" "Rite of Spring" dancers.

About the Author
Mary Lyn Ray is a conservationist and author of several picture books for children. Ray's texts are often praised for their lyricism and emotional depth, and in her works she frequently focuses on humankind's relationship with nature. Among her critically acclaimed titles are "Christmas Farm, Pumpkins", "Shaker Boy", and "Welcome, Brown Bird".

Praise For When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky

"This one will make kids want to sit down and listen to the music for themselves."
Booklist, starred review

"Music and dance made entertaining and joyous."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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