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An Improbable Life
Memoirs

Author(s): Robert Craft

In 1948, Robert Craft would begin a unique friendship with Stravinsky that would last until the composer's death in 1971. This book tells the story of his "improbable life" before, during, and after his long collaboration with Stravinsky and residence in the Stravinsky household.


Biography of Author(s)

Robert Craft is the recipient of the 2002 International Prix du Disque Lifetime Achievement Award, Cannes Music Festival. He has conducted and recorded with the major orchestras in this country and abroad. In addition to his special command of Stravinsky's music, Craft is well known for his recordings of works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Schutz, Bach, Mozart, Berg, Schoenberg, and Varese.

Reviews

  • The great pleasure of reading Craft derives from two sources. First, there's his insatiable and promiscuous appetite for knowledge. . . . He possesses much the same flair for the encyclopedic disquisition as his old Hollywood friend Aldous Huxley. . . . If you like his meticulous and well-stocked mind as much as I do, you'll eventually want to read everything he's written.
    --Michael Dirda, Washington Post
  • The great pleasure of reading Craft derives from two sources. First, there's his insatiable and promiscuous appetite for knowledge. . . . He possesses much the same flair for the encyclopedic disquisition as his old Hollywood friend Aldous Huxley. . . . If you like his meticulous and well-stocked mind as much as I do, you'll eventually want to read everything he's written.
    Michael Dirda, Washington Post