Music: The Rightness of His Wrongs

"Mark him well," Diaghilev said of the 27-year-old Igor Stravinsky. "He is a man on the eve of celebrity." When celebrity came, Stravinsky had a long day of it: a stormy dawn of controversy, a high blaze of creative influence, a waning afternoon of waspish polemics and high-priced memorabilia. Last week the night finally fell, as Stravinsky died in Manhattan at 88.* It was the end of six decades of dominance, in which he had incalculably shaped the musical thought of generations to come. It was the end, too, of what Conductor Colin Davis...

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