Composers: View from the Top

Igor Stravinsky says that there is no triumph in being 84. He confesses to a feeling of loneliness for his generation, a detachment from younger people "who see me as an elderly crackpot always in a snit." He's far from that. In an interview in the New York Review of Books this week, Composer Stravinsky shows that his mind is as sprightly and incisive as ever.

While he admits to some strong reservations about today's "mass-produced avant-gardes," Stravinsky takes heart from the younger generation of musicians. "We all know, or should know," he says, "that America produces...

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