Sergei Prokofiev: Autobiography, Articles, Reminiscences

Overview

Sergei Prokofiev was a bold innovator who eschewed the beaten path in art all his life, often in definance of orthodox tastes. His compositions, many of which are today recognized masterpieces of musical art, usually evoked either genuine bewilderment or sharp criticism when first performed. Prokofiev's music is performed today all over the world; his works are studied at music schools everywhere.

The first two parts of this book are deoted to the composer's own writings (his ...

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Overview

Sergei Prokofiev was a bold innovator who eschewed the beaten path in art all his life, often in definance of orthodox tastes. His compositions, many of which are today recognized masterpieces of musical art, usually evoked either genuine bewilderment or sharp criticism when first performed. Prokofiev's music is performed today all over the world; his works are studied at music schools everywhere.

The first two parts of this book are deoted to the composer's own writings (his autobiographical notes, articles and reviews), the rest to articles about Prokofiev by prominent Soviet musicians, artists, and others who were associated with him at one or another period of his life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898751499
  • Publisher: University Press of the Pacific
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,461,325
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Compiler's Preface 7
Autobiography
Introduction 13
Early Years 15
After the Conservatoire 37
The Years Abroad and After My Return Home 51
Articles and Notes
Introduction 93
Three Little Songs by Igor Stravinsky 95
A Cross-section of the Musical Life of Paris 96
Notes 98
The Path of Soviet Music 99
Notes of a Spectator 100
On Gorky 101
The Composer and the Drama Theatre 102
A New Soviet Symphony 104
The Masses Want Great Music 106
Flourishing of Art 106
Maurice Ravel 107
On the Music to Shakespeare's Hamlet 110
Music for Alexander Nevsky 112
Can There Be an End to Melody 115
Semyon Kotko 117
My Teacher 120
La fille mal gardee in the Kirov Theatre 121
Betrothal in a Nunnery (Duenna) 122
The Artist and the War 124
On Cinderella 132
Music and Life 133
Creative Plans 137
Reminiscences of Sergei Prokofiev
Introduction 141
First Steps 143
Work Was His Life 164
An Inspiring Example 192
A Few Thoughts about Prokofiev 195
A Vivid Personality 201
The Author of My Favourite Ballets 221
Prokofiev, Composer and Pianist 228
In Memoriam 237
Prokofiev as I Knew Him 243
He Felt the Heartbeat of Time 252
P-R-K-F-V 252
He Gave Himself to His Music 264
Repository of Creative Talent 269
Prokofiev, the Chess-Player 281
Catalogue and Notes
Catalogue of Sergei Prokofiev's Works 287
Notes 311
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