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The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years
 
 
Author
Simon Morrison.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780195181678
Pages/Publication Date 491/2009
Daedalus Item Code 12549
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Sergey Prokofiev was one of the 20th century's greatest composers—and one of its greatest enigmas. Here Simon Morrison, the first scholar to gain access to the Prokofiev's sealed files in the Russian State Archives, illuminates the life of this major composer, analyzing his music in light of a wealth of previously unknown scores, writings, correspondence, and diaries. Morrison shows that Prokofiev seemed to thrive on uncertainty during his Paris years, stashing scores in suitcases, and ultimately stunning his fellow émigrés 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.

"Morrison has filled so many gaps that The People's Artist is a book all Prokofiev's admirers will need. He gives us a wholly convincing picture of the elusive mix of aesthetic bureaucracy and terror that informed Soviet music life. As is should be, the tale is also an affecting one."—Gramophone

"In his new book Morrison greatly illuminates episodes, hitherto barely known, in the life of the composer after his return to the USSR. The small facts and biographical details in the 400 pages are arranged, as if by themselves, into a picture of the tragedy of Prokofiev as a person and an artist."—Gazeta "Kul'tura" (Moscow)

 
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Studio: Haus Publishing.   Format: paperback. ISBN: 9781904341321.  Daedalus Item Code: 24026
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