The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years

The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years

by Simon Morrison
The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years

The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years

by Simon Morrison

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Overview

Sergey Prokofiev was one of the twentieth century's greatest composers—and one of its greatest mysteries. Until now. In The People's Artist, Simon Morrison draws on groundbreaking research to illuminate the life of this major composer, deftly analyzing Prokofiev's music in light of new archival discoveries. Indeed, Morrison was the first scholar to gain access to the composer's sealed files in the Russian State Archives, where he uncovered a wealth of previously unknown scores, writings, correspondence, and unopened journals and diaries. The story he found in these documents is one of lofty hopes and disillusionment, of personal and creative upheavals. Morrison shows that Prokofiev seemed to thrive on uncertainty during his Paris years, stashing scores in suitcases, and ultimately stunning his fellow emigrés by returning to Stalin's Russia. At first, Stalin's regime treated him as a celebrity, but Morrison details how the bureaucratic machine ground him down with corrections and censorship (forcing rewrites of such major works as Romeo and Juliet), until it finally censured him in 1948, ending his career and breaking his health.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199753482
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/25/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Simon Morrison is Professor of Music at Princeton University. He restored the original, uncensored version of Romeo and Juliet for the Mark Morris Dance Group, who performed its world premier in 2008.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: 1935-1938
Chapter 2: 1938-1939
Chapter 3: The Pushkin Centennial Scores
Chapter 4: 1940-43
Chapter 5: The Eisenstein Films and Tonya
Chapter 6: 1944-47
Chapter 7: 1948
Chapter 8: 1949-53

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