Igor Stravinsky was a celebrity composer in an increasingly celebrity-obsessed age. He was a true modern, a man of his time. Born in Russia, Stravinsky spent most of his long life in exile. While he swiftly became a cosmopolitan figure, the exile's sense of distance, loss and nostalgia left a powerful mark on his work. Stravinsky tells of a colourful life lived against the backdrop of the twentieth century's wars and revolutions. Stravinsky's extraordinary music reflected and shaped his own times, and resonates with audiences even today.