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|Genre/Form:||Criticism, interpretation, etc|
|Named Person:||Sergey Prokofiev; Sergey Prokofiev; Sergey Prokofiev; Sergey Prokofiev; Sergej S Prokof·ev|
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|Description:||xiii, 241 pages : music ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Approaching the music --
Constancy and change --
Analytical categories --
Piano music --
Orchestral music --
Chamber music --
|Series Title:||Composers of the twentieth century.|
Minturn finds a central theme of Prokofiev's oeuvre to be the interplay between tradition and innovation. He discusses the composer's diverse compositional procedures (tonal versus "modern" devices), as well as the political and cultural influences on Prokofiev's works. Minturn shows how the content and structure of individual pieces and movements took shape, how Prokofiev developed the notion of five musical lines, and how the idea of the "wrong note" in his music plays out. A surprisingly consistent harmonic and rhythmic sense permeates Prokofiev's evolving style, as measured by relatively "harmonic" or "contrapuntal" emphasis. Minturn analyzes works for piano, orchestra, various chamber ensembles, and voice (including the opera The Gambler) and considers works in each category from various periods in Prokofiev's career.