Sergei Prokofiev
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1891-04-27
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Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev Biography (BBC)

Sergey Prokofiev perhaps contributed more new music to the standard ‘classical’ repertory than any of his contemporaries. Yet he remains a difficult figure to pin down. Born and raised in Tsarist Russia, he established himself as a musical enfant terrible in the years before the Revolution, cultivating novel dissonances while still a student pianist-composer at the St Petersburg Conservatory.

Like Beethoven, he completed five concertos for his own instrument, losing interest once he was no longer primarily an executant himself. Despite political and economic turmoil, a burst of creativity around 1917 produced a large pile of scores, not least the First Violin Concerto and the ‘Classical’ Symphony, in which the composer’s lyrical vein is more strongly apparent alongside his keen sense of irony.

After 1918 he lived abroad, first in the USA, where his opera The Love for Three Oranges (1919) was staged, later mainly in Paris, where he became a peripheral member of the Diaghilev set. Several key compositions from this period have a tortured, Expressionistic character, notably the opera The Fiery Angel (1919–23, rev. 1926–7) and the related Third Symphony (1928).

The 1930s brought a surprising and, to some, inexplicable reconciliation with the new Soviet Russia. Prokofiev spent the last 17 years of his life in the USSR, stimulated as well as stifled by the cultural politics dictated by Stalin. The two men even died on the same night (5 March 1953).

Prokofiev’s return to Russia coincided with a state drive for greater directness of expression in the cultural sphere and, whatever the personal and professional setbacks, Prokofiev was encouraged to showcase his melodic gift in a series of major works that have proved to have enduring appeal. Notable among these are the ballets Romeo and Juliet (1935–6) and Cinderella (1940–44), the last three (of seven) symphonies, the last four (of nine) piano sonatas, the film music for Alexander Nevsky (1938) and Ivan the Terrible (1942–5), and the children’s fable Peter and the Wolf (1936). Acceptance of his magnum opus, the epic opera War and Peace (1941–3, rev. 1946–52), has been hindered by the lack of a definitive text and perceived ideological problems. But, for good or ill, he was an artist for hire, who prided himself on his professionalism.

As we come to know the composer’s personality through his music – in all its bracing humour, tender nostalgia and considerable tragic power – we can sense a uniquely positive response to difficult and dangerous times.

Profile by David Gutman © BBC

Sergei Prokofiev Biography (Wikipedia)

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (Russian: Серге́й Серге́евич Проко́фьев, Sergej Sergejevič Prokofjev; 27 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian Soviet composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His works include such widely heard pieces as the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet—from which "Dance of the Knights" is taken—and Peter and the Wolf. Of the established forms and genres in which he worked, he created – excluding juvenilia – seven completed operas, seven symphonies, eight ballets, five piano concertos, two violin concertos, a cello concerto, a symphony-concerto for cello and orchestra, and nine completed piano sonatas.

A graduate of the St Petersburg Conservatory, Prokofiev initially made his name as an iconoclastic composer-pianist, achieving notoriety with a series of ferociously dissonant and virtuosic works for his instrument, including his first two piano concertos. In 1915, Prokofiev made a decisive break from the standard composer-pianist category with his orchestral Scythian Suite, compiled from music originally composed for a ballet commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes. Diaghilev commissioned three further ballets from Prokofiev—Chout, Le pas d'acier and The Prodigal Son—which at the time of their original production all caused a sensation among both critics and colleagues. Prokofiev's greatest interest, however, was opera, and he composed several works in that genre, including The Gambler and The Fiery Angel. Prokofiev's one operatic success during his lifetime was The Love for Three Oranges, composed for the Chicago Opera and subsequently performed over the following decade in Europe and Russia.

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Sergei Prokofiev Tracks

Sergei Prokofiev
March for a Spartakiade, Op 69 No 1
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March for a Spartakiade, Op 69 No 1

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Piano Sonata no. 7
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Piano Sonata no. 7
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The Birth of Kije (Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op 60)
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The Birth of Kije (Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op 60)
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Happiness (Waltz Suite)
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Happiness (Waltz Suite)
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String Quartet No 2 in F major, Op 92
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String Quartet No 2 in F major, Op 92
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Cello Sonata in C Op.119: II. Moderato
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Cello Sonata in C Op.119: II. Moderato
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The Spring Fairy (Cinderella)
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The Spring Fairy (Cinderella)
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Violin Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 63 (2nd mvt)
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Violin Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 63 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 6 in A major, Op 82 (4th mvt)
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Piano Sonata No 6 in A major, Op 82 (4th mvt)
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Cello Sonata in C major, Op 119 (2nd mvt)
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Cello Sonata in C major, Op 119 (2nd mvt)
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Sonata No 6 in A major op 82 (2nd mvt)
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Sonata No 6 in A major op 82 (2nd mvt)
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Cinderella, Act 3 (Amoroso)
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Cinderella, Act 3 (Amoroso)
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Cinderella, Act 1 (Cinderella's Departure for the Ball)
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Cinderella, Act 1 (Cinderella's Departure for the Ball)
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Alexander Nevsky (Op.78)
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Alexander Nevsky (Op.78)

Alexander Nevsky (Op.78)

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Russian Radio and TV Academic Chorus
Orchestra
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
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Dimitar Manolov
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Romeo and Juliet (Act I conclusion)
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Romeo and Juliet (Act I conclusion)
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Violin Sonata no. 1 in F minor, Op.80
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Violin Sonata no. 1 in F minor, Op.80
Sergei Prokofiev
Violin Concerto no 2 in G minor, Op 63
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Violin Concerto no 2 in G minor, Op 63
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Romeo and Juliet Suite No.1 Op.64
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Romeo and Juliet Suite No.1 Op.64
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Romeo and Juliet Suite No.2 (excerpts)
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Romeo and Juliet Suite No.2 (excerpts)
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Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64: Morning Dance and Morning Serenade
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Romeo & Juliet, Op. 64: Morning Dance and Morning Serenade
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Overture on Hebrew themes, Op.34a arr. for orchestra
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Overture on Hebrew themes, Op.34a arr. for orchestra
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Folk Dance; Dance of the Five Couples; Mandolin Dance (Romeo and Juliet)
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Folk Dance; Dance of the Five Couples; Mandolin Dance (Romeo and Juliet)
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No 1 'Classical' (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 1 'Classical' (4th mvt)
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Toccata in D minor, Op 11
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Toccata in D minor, Op 11
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Balcony Scene from the ballet suite Romeo and Juliet arr. Borisovsky
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Balcony Scene from the ballet suite Romeo and Juliet arr. Borisovsky
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Quartet no 2 - first movement
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Quartet no 2 - first movement
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Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: No. 13 Dance of The Knights
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Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: No. 13 Dance of The Knights
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Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 (Act 1 Sc 2) Dance of The Knights
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Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 (Act 1 Sc 2) Dance of The Knights
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Symphony no. 4 in C major Op.112
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Symphony no. 4 in C major Op.112
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March; The Prince and Princess; Flight (The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op 33b)
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March; The Prince and Princess; Flight (The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op 33b)
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March in B flat major, Op 99
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March in B flat major, Op 99
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Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 63, 2nd mvt: Andante
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Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 63, 2nd mvt: Andante
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March for a Spartakiade, Op 69 No 1
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March for a Spartakiade, Op 69 No 1
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Dance of the Five Couples (Romeo and Juliet)
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Dance of the Five Couples (Romeo and Juliet)
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Dance Of The Knights
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Dance Of The Knights
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Kije's Wedding (Lieutenant Kije Suite)
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Kije's Wedding (Lieutenant Kije Suite)
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Dance of the Knights (Romeo & Juliet Op.64)
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Dance of the Knights (Romeo & Juliet Op.64)

Dance of the Knights (Romeo & Juliet Op.64)

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Trombone Unit Hannover
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Adagio 'Cinderella and the Prince', Op.97a
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Adagio 'Cinderella and the Prince', Op.97a
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Young Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)
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Young Juliet (Romeo and Juliet)
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Flute Sonata in D Major, Op.94 (2nd mvt)
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Flute Sonata in D Major, Op.94 (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 5
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Symphony No 5
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Six pieces from Cinderella
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Six pieces from Cinderella
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Dance of the Knights (Romeo and Juliet)
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Dance of the Knights (Romeo and Juliet)
Sergei Prokofiev
Peter and the Wolf, Op 67 (extract)
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Peter and the Wolf, Op 67 (extract)
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25 (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25 (4th mvt)
Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 16 (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 16 (2nd mvt)
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