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 [O.S. 15 April] 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian Soviet composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous music 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 Saint 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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Concerto no. 2 in G minor Op.63 for violin and orchestra
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Concerto no. 2 in G minor Op.63 for violin and orchestra

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Waltz-Coda (Cinderella)
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Waltz-Coda (Cinderella)
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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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The moon sails over the meadows (Summer Day)
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The moon sails over the meadows (Summer Day)
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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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Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op. 83; 3rd movement
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Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op. 83; 3rd movement
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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 Knights
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Dance Of The Knights
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March (The Love of Three Oranges)
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March (The Love of Three Oranges)
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Symphony No 1 'Classical'
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Symphony No 1 'Classical'
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Violin Sonata no.2 in D major Op.94a (4th mvt)
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Violin Sonata no.2 in D major Op.94a (4th mvt)
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Suite - The Love for Three Oranges
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Suite - The Love for Three Oranges
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Overture on Hebrew Themes
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Overture on Hebrew Themes
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Summer day - children's suite for small orch (Op.65a)..., no.1; Morning
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Summer day - children's suite for small orch (Op.65a)..., no.1; Morning
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Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 58
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Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 58
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Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat, Op.83 (Precipitato)
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Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat, Op.83 (Precipitato)
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Peter and the Wolf, The Bird
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Peter and the Wolf, The Bird
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Katerina (from 12 Russian Folksongs Op 104)
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Katerina (from 12 Russian Folksongs Op 104)
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Toccata in D minor, Op 11
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Toccata in D minor, Op 11
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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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Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, 'Classical'
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Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, 'Classical'
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Violin Sonata No.2
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Violin Sonata No.2
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 16: II. Scherzo. Vivace
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 16: II. Scherzo. Vivace
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Visions Fugatives
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Visions Fugatives
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Violin concerto No.1
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Violin concerto No.1
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Sonata No 8 in B flat major, Op 84 (2nd mvt)
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Sonata No 8 in B flat major, Op 84 (2nd mvt)
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Dance with Mandolins (Romeo and Juliet)
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Dance with Mandolins (Romeo and Juliet)
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Symphony no. 1 in D major Op.25 (Classical)
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Symphony no. 1 in D major Op.25 (Classical)
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Romeo and Juliet Op.64 - no.10 Young Juliet
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Romeo and Juliet Op.64 - no.10 Young Juliet
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Waltz Coda; Midnight (Cinderella)
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Waltz Coda; Midnight (Cinderella)
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Amoroso (Cinderella)
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Amoroso (Cinderella)
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Cinderella's waltz from Zolushka [Cinderella] suite no 1, Op 107
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Cinderella's waltz from Zolushka [Cinderella] suite no 1, Op 107
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Symphony No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: IV. Vivace
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Symphony No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 131: IV. Vivace
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Happiness - Cinderella (Waltz Suite, Op.110)
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Happiness - Cinderella (Waltz Suite, Op.110)
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Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 16
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Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor, Op 16
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Sinfonia Concertante
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Sinfonia Concertante
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Cinderella Act 2 - Waltz-Coda & Finale
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Cinderella Act 2 - Waltz-Coda & Finale
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Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, 'Classical' (1st mvt)
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Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, 'Classical' (1st mvt)
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March, Op 99
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March, Op 99
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'Mercutio' from 10 pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op 75
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'Mercutio' from 10 pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op 75
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Juliet - the young girl (Romeo and Juliet, Suite no.2)
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Juliet - the young girl (Romeo and Juliet, Suite no.2)
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Lieutenant Kije - Symphonic Suite, op. 60
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Lieutenant Kije - Symphonic Suite, op. 60
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Dance of the Knights from the ballet suite Romeo and Juliet arr. Borisovsky
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Dance of the Knights from the ballet suite Romeo and Juliet arr. Borisovsky
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Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, 'Classical' (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, 'Classical' (2nd mvt)
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Romeo and Juliet - ballet, Op.64 (excerpts)
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Romeo and Juliet - ballet, Op.64 (excerpts)
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Romeo and Juliet - Dance of the Knights
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Romeo and Juliet - Dance of the Knights
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Russian Overture, Op 72
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Russian Overture, Op 72
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March (The Love for Three Oranges)
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March (The Love for Three Oranges)
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Sarcasmes Op 17
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Sarcasmes Op 17
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