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