Sergey Prokofiev

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Phaidon Press, Nov 6, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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This is a comprehensive, illustrated biography for the music enthusiast ofhe Russian composer and pianist Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953) who composedome of this century's most widely loved music, be it the ballet "Romeo anduliet", his work for children "Peter and the Wolf", or the march from hispera "The Love for Three Oranges". Yet paradoxically, due to his itinerantifestyle and the secrecy that cloaked his final years in the USSR, heemains one of the least understood musicians of this century.;Born in ansolated rural estate in the Ukraine, Prokofiev studied at the St Petersburgonservatory and soon gained notoriety as a gifted "enfant terrible" with hisiery piano-playing and "modern" compositions. He became friends with many ofussia's leading cultural figures including Maxim Gorky, but equally crucial,hough stormy, were his relationships with the great impresario Sergeyiaghilev and fellow-composer Igor Stravinsky, who both admired and were waryf Prokofiev's precocious talent. Prokofiev left Russia in the wake of the917 Revolution, and bedazzled western audiences with his hard-edged,

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User Review  - Mynameisandycostello - Goodreads

By far the best Prokofiev biography I've read. Jaffe always seems to reference accurately, and doesn't blow things out of proportion. His insight is always valid, and his opinions are thoroughly informed. Read full review

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User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

This is another of the straightforward biographies in the Phaidon series. I found it particularly useful, since there aren't a lot of good books on Prokofiev available in English. Prokofiev led a life ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
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Chapter
10
Chapter 2
38
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About the author (1998)

Jaffe is a freelance music journalist, specializing in 20th century music.