Russian composer, who achieved
fame with his ballet The Firebird (1910). Other ballets
include Petrushka (1911) and the innovative Rite of Spring (1913).
Among his significant later works are The Soldier'sTale (1918),
Orpheus (1948, using the 12- tone system), Oedipus Rex (1927)
and the opera The Rake's Progress (1951). He lived in France
from1934 and finally settled in the US (1945).