Daniel Jaffé, born in Cambridge, studied music at Southampton University. After three years in publishing he worked freelance as a music journalist, reviewing regularly for Strictly Off The Record andClassic CD. Since 1994 he has been Reviews Editor at Classic CD.
Sergey Prokofievby Daniel Jaffe
Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953) was considered strikingly modern in his day, yet his compositions retain a compelling lyricism and an acerbic wit that have ensured their enduring popularity. Having left his native Russia for the USA and subsequently Paris, he spent the last 17 years of his life in the USSR, where his work was heavily influenced by Stalin's cultural policies. Daniel Jaffé's comprehensive biography offers a detailed examination of this remarkable composer's life and works, in the context of other cultural luminaries of his day and the political turmoil of early twentieth-century Russia.
Sergey Prokofiev is part of Phaidon's successful 20th Century Composers series, which presents authoritative and engaging biographies of the great creative musicians of our time, augmented by striking visual material and essential reference information. This edition of the book features a whimsical new cover by Jean-Jacques Sempé, the world-renowned illustrator and cartoonist.
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