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(1882–1971), Russian-born composer, resident in the US from 1939; full name Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky. He made his name with the ballets "The Firebird" (1910) and "The Rite of Spring" (1913); both shocked Paris audiences with their irregular rhythms and frequent dissonances. Stravinsky later developed a neoclassical style typified by "The Rake's Progress" (opera, 1948–51) and experimented with serialism in "Threni".
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