A flower decked gondola today carried the body of composer Igor Stravinsky out into the Venice lagoon to be buried amid the cyprus trees and roses on the island cemetery of San Michele.
A flower decked gondola today carried the body of composer Igor Stravinsky out into the Venice lagoon to be buried amid the cyprus trees and roses on the island cemetery of San Michele. The Russian born composer died two weeks ago in New York at the age of 88.
The centre piece of the funeral service was a performance of Stravinsky's Requiem written in 1966 for Princetown University in the United States. Among the congregation were the composer's widow, Vera and the three sons of an earlier marriage.
SYNOPSIS: More than one thousand people today attended the funeral service for composer Igor Stravinsky held at the Church of Saint John and Saint Paul in Venice. The 88 year old composer died two weeks ago in New York. It was his wish to be buried in the lagoon city... a place for which he had deep affection. He wrote one of his most beautiful pieces "Canticum Sacrim" in honour of Saint Mark, Venice's Patron Saint. The centre piece of the service was the performance of Stravinsky's "Requiem."
The wreaths, including one bearing the note "from the artists of the Soviet Union", proceeded the coffin from the Church.
The coffin was lowered into a gondola to be taken through the canals of Venice to San Michele.
Now the most influential composer of the 20th century lies buried in the lagoon city which he loved and where four of his works had their world premieres.