Igor Stravinsky was a composer, pianist, and conductor. “He is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and influential composers of 20th century music. Time Magazine named Stravinsky as one of the 100 most influential people of the century. He first achieved international fame with three ballets: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911/1947), and The Rite of Spring (1913). The Rite, whose première provoked a riot, transformed the way in which later composers thought about rhythmic structure, and was largely responsible for Stravinsky’s enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary, pushing the boundaries of musical design as a pianist and a conductor, often at the premieres of his works.” (via Wikipedia).
Nevertheless when Stravinsky conducted a performance of his arrangement of the American National Anthem, in Boston on April 15, 1940, which he dedicated to the American people he was arrested for the “tampering of national property”..
Massachusetts had a law against the tampering of national property. They considered the anthem national property, and Stravinsky’s genius arrangement was “tampering.” They seized his score and took him away. Luckily, he was released after he convinced the authorities of his good intentions. Apparently, good intentions to change the world for the better might cost someone a fortune.
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