Sergey Prokofiev and His World

Sergey Prokofiev and His World

by Simon Morrison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691138958

ISBN-13: 9780691138954

Pub. Date: 08/04/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953), arguably the most popular composer of the twentieth century, led a life of triumph and tragedy. The story of his prodigious childhood in tsarist Russia, maturation in the West, and rise and fall as a Stalinist-era composer is filled with unresolved questions. Sergey Prokofiev and His World probes beneath the surface of his

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Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953), arguably the most popular composer of the twentieth century, led a life of triumph and tragedy. The story of his prodigious childhood in tsarist Russia, maturation in the West, and rise and fall as a Stalinist-era composer is filled with unresolved questions. Sergey Prokofiev and His World probes beneath the surface of his career and contextualizes his contributions to music on both sides of the nascent Cold War divide.

The book contains previously unknown documents from the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art in Moscow and the Prokofiev Estate in Paris. The literary notebook of the composer's mother, Mariya Grigoryevna, illuminates her involvement in his education and is translated in full, as are ninety-eight letters between the composer and his business partner, Levon Atovmyan. The collection also includes a translation of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's unperformed stage adaptation of Eugene Onegin, for which Prokofiev composed incidental music in 1936.

The essays in the book range in focus from musical sketches to Kremlin decrees. The contributors explore Prokofiev's time in America; evaluate his working methods in the mid-1930s; document the creation of his score for the film Lieutenant Kizhe; tackle how and why Prokofiev rewrote his 1930 Fourth Symphony in 1947; detail his immortalization by Soviet bureaucrats, composers, and scholars; and examine Prokofiev's interest in Christian Science and the paths it opened for his music.

The contributors are Mark Aranovsky, Kevin Bartig, Elizabeth Bergman, Leon Botstein, Pamela Davidson, Caryl Emerson, Marina Frolova-Walker, Nelly Kravetz, Leonid Maximenkov, Stephen Press, and Peter Schmelz.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691138954
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/04/2008
Series:
Bard Music Festival Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
1,422,505
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments viii

SIMON MORRISON

Note on Transliteration, Dates, and Titles xii

PART I: DOCUMENTS

"Look After Your Son's Talents": 2

The Literary Notebook of Mariya Prokofieva

INTRODUCTORY ESSAY, COMMENTARY, AND TRANSLATION BY PAMELA DAVIDSON

The Krzhizhanovsky-Prokofiev Collaboration on Eugene Onegin, 60

1936 (A Lesser-Known Casualty of the Pushkin Death Jubilee)

INTRODUCTORY ESSAY, COMMENTARY, AND TRANSLATION BY CARYL EMERSON

Prokofiev and Atovmyan: Correspondence, 1933-1952 190

INTRODUCTION AND COMMENTARY BY NELLY KRAVETZ

TRANSLATION BY SIMON MORRISON

Prokofiev's Immortalization 285

LEONID MAXIMENKOV

PART II: ESSAYS

"I Came Too Soon": Prokofiev's Early Career in America 334

STEPHEN D. PRESS

Lieutenant Kizhe: New Media, New Means 376

KEVIN BARTIG

Observations on Prokofiev's Sketchbooks 401

MARK ARANOVSKY

TRANSLATION BY JASON STRUDLER

Prokofiev on the Los Angeles Limited 423

ELIZABETH BERGMAN

Between Two Aesthetics: The Revision of Pilnyak's Mahogany 452

and Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony

MARINA FROLOVA-WALKER

After Prokofiev 493

PETER J. SCHMELZ

Beyond Death and Evil: Prokofiev's Spirituality

and Christian Science 530

LEON BOTSTEIN

Permissions and Credits 562

Index 563

Notes on the Contributors 578

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