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Prokofiev : from Russia to the West, 1891-1935

Author: David Nice
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since 1991--the year that marked both the fall of the Soviet Union and the centenary of Sergey and birth--a new assessment of the renowned composer's life and work has become both possible and necessary. In this engrossing book, David Nice draws on a remarkable range of previously unexamined sources to present that reassessment. The book follows Prokofiev's personal and musical progression from his childhood on a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Sergey Prokofiev; Sergey Prokofiev; Sergej S Prokof·ev
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Nice
ISBN: 0300099142 9780300099140
OCLC Number: 51272145
Description: xvi, 390 p. : ill., music ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part One: Russia: childhood andyouth, 1891-I918 --
Prologue Speak, memory --
1 Of giants and battleships, 1891-1904 --
Youth and early works --
2 Prokosha in St Petersburg, 1904-6 --
First steps at the St Petersburg Conservatory --
3 A friend for life, 1906-9 --
Myaskovsky; other composers and influences; debut recitals --
4 Classical, symbolical, 1909-13 --
Classicism and modernism; Maddalena; Second Sonata --
5 Sun worship, 1913-15 --
Stravinsky and other currents; Second Piano Concerto; Ballets Russes; Diaghilev and first ballets --
6 A game of chance, 1915-18 --
The Gambler; Revolution and departure --
Part Two: America, France and Germany, 1918-35 --
7 In quest of three oranges, 1918-19 --
Journey to America;first concerts in New York; The Love for Three Oranges --
8 Devil's work, 1919-22 --
Chout in Paris; European residences and tours; Stravinsky and Diaghilev; French summers; Third Piano Concerto 9 Passion play, 1922-3 --
Bavaria; marriage; re-established Soviet links --
10 Three steps of steel, I923-5 --
Paris triumphs; extreme modernism; a constructivist ballet --
11 From America to Bolshevizia, 1925-7 --
Success in the USA;first tour of the USSR --
12 Stage and symphony, 1927-9 --
The Fiery Angel and The Prodigal Son; Third and Fourth Symphonies --
13 Outlines of a real face, 1929-32 --
New simplicity' European concert tours; uneasy relations with the USSR --
14 Sound and vision, 1932-4 --
Recordings in London and Paris; Lieutenant Kije in Leningrad; renewed ties with Soviet artistic life --
15 The path to happiness, I934-5 --
The Soviet scene; Romeo and Juliet; summer in the country; the eve of a decision.
Responsibility: David Nice.
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Since 1991--the year that marked both the fall of the Soviet Union and the centenary of Sergey and birth--a new assessment of the renowned composer's life and work has become both possible and necessary. In this engrossing book, David Nice draws on a remarkable range of previously unexamined sources to present that reassessment. The book follows Prokofiev's personal and musical progression from his childhood on a Ukrainian country estate to the years he spent traveling in America and Europe as an acclaimed interpreter of his own works. Nice sheds new light on Prokofiev's early years at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, his departure from Russia in 1918 for what he thought would be a short tour of America, and his marriage and family relationships. He considers the music of Prokofiev's years in the west (long dismissed by Soviet musicologists as decadent work weakened by the composer's absence from the motherland), moving from the lyricism of his St. Petersburg years to the fresh simplicity of his early Soviet scores. Nice also examines the complex reasons which led Prokofiev to move his family to the Soviet Union in 1936. A second volume will cover Prokofiev's life from this period to his death in 1952.

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