Coco chanel and igor stravinsky book
Revolutions in the heart
English poet Greenhalgh's debut novel about Coco Chanel and Igor's Stravinsky's short, fiery affair provides an intense look at love, passion and heartbreak. Coco first became aware of Stravinsky in when the young designer, who was beginning to make her place in French society, attended the debut performance of the Russian composer's Rite of Spring. Seven years later, when the two meet at a dinner party, an immediate and undeniable connection is forged, and soon Coco invites Stravinsky; his sickly wife, Catherine; and their children to stay at her summer home outside of Paris. She isn't without her motives, however, and proceeds over time to seduce Stravinsky. As their affair deepens, the reader's heart breaks for Catherine as she struggles with Igor's emotional abandonment.
People punched each other at the premiere of the Rite of Spring. Maybe it was the primal, groin-thrusting immodesty of Nijinsky's choreography., Coco and Igor is a novel by Chris Greenhalgh.
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It is the basis for the film version due out in January. They do not meet on that night, but are at similar points in their early thirties and about to set the world alight in what will become legendary careers. She has just achieved her first whiff of fame after designing hats for French aristocrats, lifting her from a childhood mired in abandonment and poverty. The two are not properly introduced until by their mutual friend Sergei Diaghilev, the well-known arts critic and patron. At the time of their fated meeting, Chanel is a woman swimming in money and luxury, an independent spirit far ahead of her time. While Stravinsky is equally talented, he is financially strapped with children and Catherine, his sick and feeble wife, clinging to him.
Greenhalgh also wrote the screenplay for the film. Chanel and its former chief designer Karl Lagerfeld lent their support to the production;  they granted access to the company's archives and to Coco Chanel's apartment at 31, rue Cambon, Paris. An introductory scene takes place in Paris in , where Coco Chanel attends the first, scandalous performance of Igor Stravinsky 's The Rite of Spring. The rhythmic and harmonic dissonance of the score and the surprising choreography of the piece result in heckling and outrage among much of the audience. But Chanel is impressed by Stravinsky and his music. Seven years later, Chanel and Stravinsky meet again. Although her business has flourished, Chanel is mourning the death of her lover, Arthur "Boy" Capel.