Igor Stravinsky – Septet (1953)
By 1950 the winds of two World Wars had whisked Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg from their birthplaces thousands of miles apart. Like tumbleweeds they had buffeted thither and yon across the devastated landscape of Europe and the uncertain landscape of academe in the United States until Fate had finally deposited them a few miles from each other in Greater Los Angeles. Perhaps reluctantly, they had also become the focal points of a war that raged in the musical community between the Neo-Classicists and the Serialists.