Debussy: “I’ve seen Stravinsky recently… He says: my Firebird, my Sacre, like a child saying: my top, my hoop. And that’s exactly what he is – a spoilt child who, from time to time, cocks a snook at music. He’s also a young savage who wears noisy ties and kisses the ladies’ hands while treading on their toes. When he’s old, he’ll be intolerable. That’s to say, he won’t be able to tolerate any music; but, for the moment, he’s amazing. He claims to be a friend of mine because I’ve helped him climb a ladder from which he can hurl grenades – not all of which explode. But, as I say, he’s astonishing.” (in a letter from 1916)

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