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

Overview

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.

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
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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