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Igor Stravinsky born this day in 1882 (although it was then known as June 5th) in a town called Lomonosov (although it was then known as Oranienbaum) in Russia (although it was then known as Russia). His given name was Ivan Doe, but he changed it to "something flashier" when he was 3 1/2, the precocious little tyke!

To say that Stravinsky was a giant among 20th century musicians would not be an overstatement. (To say that Stravinsky was a giant among pygmies would not be an understatement as well.) His musical works have had such influence on our culture that they are still regularly copied and distributed illegally all over YouTube. THAT's a sign of popularity!

Young Igor was on his way to becoming a lawyer (in which case he could still probably be intricately connected with venues like YouTube, haha, the irony!) when his composition work was shown to Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (who composed, more or less, the complete works of Rimsky-Korsakov). Rimsky-Korsakov told Igor NOT to be a Lawyer and NOT to go to the music conservatory--instead Rimsky-Korsakov conveniently had a opening for a private student at 6,500 rubles an hour. Undaunted, young Igor made an offer to pay with credit against all his future YouTube sales. R-K, a musician, not a businessman, readily agreed. Stravinsky, by the way, was both (businessman and musician, not Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov). He would periodically rework compositions of his so that he could re-copyright them and keep them far, far away from going public domain. (Achieving results similar to those outlined in the Disney business plan, but for a lot less money.)

Many of Stravinsky's works are iconoclastic icons of 20th century music. (Do I look like a dictionary? Go look up "iconoclastic" yourself!) He is particulary well-know for his scores Petruchka, The Firebird, and Le Sacre du printemps (The Tights of Spring) which, as may be seen from the title, is obviously a ballet.