In 1934, Igor Stravinsky was fifty-two, a Russian expatriate living in Paris and already regarded by many as the most important composer of his generation.
Stephen Walsh is a critic and musicologist who has written and broadcast extensively on Stravinsky and many other aspects of twentieth-century music. He was for some years a music critic with the Observer and The Times, and now writes for the Independent. The widely praised first volume of the present biography, Stravinsky: A Creative Spring, won the Royal Philharmonic Society prize for best music book of the year 2000. Stephen Walsh currently holds a personal chair in the music department of Cardiff University.