When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky (Hardcover)

Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot

By Lauren Stringer

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780547907253, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

List Price: 16.99*
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Description

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

LAUREN STRINGER is the award-winning author and illustrator of Winter is the Warmest Season and the illustrator of many other picture books. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit her at www.laurenstringer.com


Praise For When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot

"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."
Kirkus, starred review

“With music education programs evaporating from classrooms across the country, picture books have had to assume the baton. . . Not many look closely at the art of musical collaboration, and Stringer does that here with imaginative spark and dynamism. . . It’s enough to make readers want to put down the book and turn on the music.”
New York Times Online

"Stringer trusts readers with a challenging and exciting account of the transformative power of visionary, risk-taking art."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Composed with much alliterative, musical language, and onomatopoeia, this narrative flows beautifully. . . This book would be the perfect accompaniment in music lessons exploring the 100th anniversary of the famous work, and may inspire young musicians to create their own and deinitely different work."
School Library Journal, starred review