Robert Craft explains writing about Stravinsky's homosexual affairs
Few would have imagined that more than 40 years after Igor Stravinsky died, the composer's sex life would be a source of renewed interest.
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Robert Craft, a conductor and Stravinsky's longtime assistant, writes in his new book, "Stravinsky: Discoveries and Memories," that the composer had several homosexual affairs — including one with Maurice Ravel — during the years he composed his three great ballets, "The Firebird" (1910), "Petrushka" (1911) and "The Rite of Spring" (1913).
If true, Craft's revelations pose tantalizing questions about Stravinsky's sexuality as it relates to his art. A towering figure in the history of music, Stravinsky was a private man who led a double life for decades, dividing his time between his wife and four children and his lover, Vera, who became his second wife.
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