Russian composer is ‘outed’ as bisexual by his former assistant.

Igor Stravinsky was a man who had more than his share of extra-marital affairs, but a new book by Robert Craft – Stravinsky Discoveries and Memories– questions whether all of them were with women.

Craft, who was Stravinsky’s assistant for almost three decades up until his death in 1971, describes the composer as going through an “ambisexual phase” during the period he wrote three of his greatest works: The Firebird(1910), Petrushka(1911) and The Rite of Spring(1913).

In his book, Craft suggests Stravinsky was interested in several men during this “phase”, including fellow student at the University of St Petersburg, Andrei Rimsky-Korsakov – son of the famous composer. Craft writes that Stravinsky said “he was in love with Andrei” while the pair lived together in a forest retreat 70 miles south-east of St Petersburg in 1910. But after Stravinsky dedicated The Firebirdto him, the composer was “bitterly disappointed” by his friend’s absence at the work’s premiere later that year in Paris .

After being jilted by Rimsky-Korsakov, Craft believes Stravinsky developed a romantic attachment to the French composer Maurice Delage. In the Spring of 1911 he spent a...