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  Sergei Prokofiev
Sergei Prokofiev (April 23, 1891 - March 5, 1953) was a Russian composer.
Sergei was born in Sontsovka (now the village of Krasne in Donetsk oblast), Ukraine, as an only child.
Sergei displayed unusual musical abilities at an early age and in 1902, when he started taking private lessons in composition, he had already produced a number of pieces.
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 Sergei Prokofiev - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka, Russian Empire (now the village of Krasnoe, Krasnoarmiysky Raion, in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine).
Prokofiev displayed unusual musical abilities by the age of five, and by the age of seven had also learned to play chess.
Prokofiev's music was now suddenly seen as a grave example of formalism, and generally dangerous to the Soviet people.
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 The Symphony - Sergei Prokofiev
Sergei Prokofiev was born in 1891 in Sontsovka, a small village in the Ukraine.
Prokofiev was only 13 at this time, yet he had already composed four operas, one symphony, two sonatas, and a variety of piano pieces.
Prokofiev settled in Moscow in 1934, and though his music by this time had considerably mellowed, he was still censured by the authorities for excessive 'formalism', dissonant harmonies and general independent manner of composing.
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 Sergei Prokofiev
Sergei Prokofiev, as he writes in his memoirs, "first saw the light of day on Wednesday 23rd April at five in the afternoon." The year was 1891, the centenary of Mozart’s death, the place a small village in the Ukraine, Sontsovka.
Prokofiev and Diaghilev met for the first time in London in 1914 and, as it was the shrewd and ultimately sagacious impresario’s practice to encourage young talent, he presented the composer with his first ballet commission.
Prokofiev was inspired to this task by his admiration for the ballerina Ulanova with whom he had developed a close relationship despite a stormy beginning during rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet.
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 - Classical Music Dictionary - Free MP3
Sergey Prokofiev began to play the piano, under his mother’s guidance, at the age of three.
Prokofiev wrote seven symphonies; of these the Classical Symphony, a work written in 1916-17 with the work of Haydn in mind, is the best known; the Fifth Symphony of 1944 is a work on a much larger scale.
One of the most widely known of all Prokofiev's compositions is his tale for children "Peter and the Wolf", for narrator and orchestra, a simple pedagogical work to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra, with instruments, or groups of instruments, representing characters in the story.
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 Sergei Prokofiev - an overview of the classical composer
Sergei Prokofiev was born in the Ukraine, and by his early teens he was an accomplished pianist and already composing works such as the "Scythian Suite".
Prokofiev travelled to Japan, to the United States, and to the European capitals of London and Paris.
Prokofiev was a master of the orchestra, and a natural at writing music for drama and dance.
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 BookRags: Sergei Sergeevich Prokofiev Biography
Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka (now Krasnoe) in the Ekaterinoslav Guberniya of the Ukraine, where his father managed the Sontsov family estates.
Prokofiev was already a successful musician, published and performed, and the Diaghilev contact was the all but final stamp of Russian creative maturity in 1914.
Prokofiev's coworker, the famous director Vsevolod Meyerhold, was arrested and sent to a labor camp (where he died) for creative errors.
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 Sergei Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Upon his return to Russia from the West, Sergei Prokofiev was certainly no stranger to film scores, but he was then to begin a fruitful collaboration with the film maker Sergei Eisenstein.
Although this orchestra is not a stranger to Prokofiev under their previous conductor Neemi Jarvi, this particular concert marked the end of the season of Prokofiev works including all seven symphonies.
The music is pure Prokofiev, in the patriotic nationalistic mode which befits the subject matter, but the power and drama of the music is unmistakeable and universal.
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 Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was born on Wednesday 23rd April, 1891 (or 11th April in the pre-revolutionary Julian calendar - take your pick!) in the farming village of Sontsovka in what is now the Ukraine, and what was then part of the Russian Empire.
Prokofiev completed his composition courses in 1909 to disapproving reviews by his teachers, but he was invited back to take courses in piano and conducting.
Prokofiev conducted the premiere of the Fifth in Moscow on 13th January 1945, on the eve of the Allied victory in the War.
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 PROKOFIEV ~ NOTES Page ~ aMUSIClassical Directory
One such ongoing evaluation revolves around the work of Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), who hardly seems to fit the profile of a neglected composer.  His music, after all, continues to be regularly encountered in live performances and is richly represented on disc.
Just as it had been within the Soviet Union, Prokofiev's reputation suffered a number of distortions in the West as a result of cold war politics--though, curiously, the accusations hurled by both sides were actually polar opposites (Prokofiev was denounced as a decadent formalist by the one and as a submissive reactionary by the other).
Prokofiev made opera a paramount ambition throughout his career, even though an unrelenting series of crushing disappointments and botched productions resulted in some of his unluckiest episodes.
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 Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953) - Find A Grave Memorial
Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka in the Ukraine.
Though cosmopolitan by nature, Prokofiev was not entirely happy in Europe and he slowly took steps to return to the Soviet Union, a move regarded with horror by his fellow Russian emigres.
Prokofiev considered his epic Symphony No. 5 (1945), which he called "A tribute to the human spirit", his finest achievement; after the "Classical" it is the most frequently performed of his symphonie!
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 Sergei Prokofiev
It was his first work composed away from the piano, because Prokofiev want Prokofiev was not well-liked in the United States, and he did not have much love for the country after his opera The Love for Three Oranges, flopped.
Stravinsky writes that this was because Prokofiev's fate was uncertain in France and he was naïve enough to ignore the repressions that were going on in Russia at the time.
Yet even Prokofiev was under attack in 1948 when the Party condemned "the formalistic movement in Soviet music as anti-national and leading to the liquidation of music." The only thing this kind of music would have led to would have been the "liquidation" of the composers who wrote it!
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 MusicalSelections.com > Composers > Sergei Prokofiev > Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (April 27, 1891 — March 5, 1953) was one of the Soviet Union's greatest composers.
Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka, Russian Empire (now the village of Krasne in Donets'ka oblast', Ukraine) as an only child.
Prokofiev had time to write his postwar Sixth Symphony and a ninth piano sonata (for Richter) before the Party suddenly changed its opinion about his music.
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Sergei Prokofiev, excerpted from the Grove Concise Dictionary
Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev made their marks as collaborators for the dance while working in Western Europe with the great Diaghilev, his Ballet russes, and the master choreographers and scenic designers in that legendary entourage.
It has been claimed that Prokofiev, the virtuoso pianist, longed to concentrate his creative energies on opera, which he is said to have considered the highest of art forms.
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 Prokofiev, Sergey (1891 - 1953)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Sergey Prokofiev, precocious as a child, entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1904, by which time he had already written a great deal of music.
In style Prokofiev is ironic, writing in a musical language that is often acerbic.
Prokofiev first attempted to write an opera at the age of nine.
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 •• Biography of Sergei Prokofiev - PianoParadise ••
Sergei Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf Composed by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953).
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #3 Composed by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953).
Sergei Prokofiev - Four Selected Pieces from the Ballet Romeo and Juliet (Piano / Viola) for Viola and Piano.
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 Lesson Tutor: Classical Composer Biography: Sergei Prokofiev
Prokofiev was a composer of many parts, blending musical radicalism and intellectual toughness with the older Russian romantic tradition of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Prokofiev's official Soviet biography hardly mentions this marriage to the Spanish born Caroline Llubera, though there is every indication that their life together was happy.
Prokofiev was never totally enamored with life in the west, and returning to the Soviet Union for visit in 1933 he was delighted by the reception he received.
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 Sergei Prokofiev
Prokofiev, himself, characterized this Sonata as "much more serious in mood than the Second.....The first movement, Andante assai, is of grim character and serves as an expounded introduction to the Allegro in Sonata form.
Prokofiev was tall, prematurely balding, with long legs, long arms and long fingers that seemed prehensile at the keyboard.
Prokofiev was living in Paris at the time and received the commission from the five member instrumental ensemble of a traveling ballet troupe.
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 Contra Costa Wind Symphony: Sergei Prokofiev
Mostly untouched by all of this, Prokofiev turned to composing music for children (Three Songs for Children, Peter and the Wolf, and others) as well as the gigantic Cantata for the Twentieth Anniversary of the October Revolution, which was, however, never performed.
In 1944, Prokofiev moved to an estate outside of Moscow, to compose his Fifth Symphony that would turn out to be his most successful.
Prokofiev’s music was now suddenly seen as a grave example of “formalism”, and generally dangerous to the Soviet people.
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 Sergei Prokofiev
One of the most prolific and celebrated Russian composers of the 20th century, Sergei Prokofiev is perhaps most famous for music he composed for the children's story Peter and the Wolf.
Sergei Prokofiev - Composer, born 23 April 1891, Russian composer of Peter and the Wolf
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev - Prokofiev, Sergei Sergeyevich, 1891–1953, Russian composer, pianist, and conductor.
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 Essentials of Music - Composers
Prokofiev showed his talent, especially for composition, at an early age.
Prokofiev maintained a generally stable, if tenuous relationship with the Soviet government, especially in the years of World War II, when his works answered the call for patriotic, optimistic music.
Prokofiev was a composer of great stylistic breadth who always demanded originality of himself.
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 The chess games of Sergei Prokofiev
If you enjoy his pieces, that is good for you; for whatever reasons, Prokofiev's music stinks to my ear (to a lesser extent than Stravinsky and other modernists, albeit).
Prokofiev, like Stravinsky, had phases and particular works that are much more "modernist" and more difficult to listen to, and others that are more conventional.
Prokofiev did go abroad and made different productions but he was lured back to Russia by Stalin who wanted him as a symbol of the thriving Soviet culture.
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 Prokofiev Sergei Sergeyevich - Search Results - ninemsn Encarta
Prokofiev, Sergei Sergeyevich (1891-1953), influential Russian composer, a major figure in 20th-century music.
This obituary for Sergei Prokofiev appeared in The Times on March 9, 1953.
As the 20th century developed, operatic styles reflected both persistent national approaches and the growing internationalism represented by the...
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 Sergei Prokofiev - Gurupedia
Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka (now the village of Krasne in Donetsk oblast),
The Gambler, but the rehearsals were plagued by problems and the premiere 1917 had to be cancelled because of the February Revolution.
In 1941 Sergei suffered his first heart attack.
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 BBC - Music / Profiles - Sergei Prokofiev
He was a gifted melodist with a unique musical voice, who wrote in a wide range of genres including operas, ballets, film scores, cantatas, and orchestral, chamber and instrumental works.
Prokofiev studied with Rimsky-Korsakov at the St Petersburg Conservatory
Prokofiev wrote eight film scores and during his final American visit in 1938 studied film techniques in Hollywood - his most significant score was for Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky
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 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Prokofiev, Sergei Sergeyevich   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Prokofiev, Sergei Sergeyevich PROKOFIEV, SERGEI SERGEYEVICH [Prokofiev, Sergei Sergeyevich], 1891-1953, Russian composer, pianist, and conductor.
Prokofiev achieved wide popularity with his lively music, in which he achieved a pungent mixture of modern and traditional elements.
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 Amazon.com: Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography: Books: Harlow Robinson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Prokofiev traveled widely during much of his career, and his observations on the contemporary music scene make entertaining reading.
Prokofiev's career disappointments were many, some even tragic, and the author doesnt beat around the bush, but the admirable thread of fierce devotion maintained by Prokofiev toward his own unquenchable musical purpose is thoughtfully argued by Robinson throughout the book, indeed it's one its strengths.
Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography by Harlow Robinson (Professor of Modern Languages and History, Northeastern University) is an exhaustive, detailed, scholarly, and documented account of the life, times, inspiration, and personal history of acclaimed Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953).
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