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Prokofiev, Sergei

Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was a Soviet composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His works include such widely heard works 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 St 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.

After the Revolution, Prokofiev left Russia with the official blessing of the Soviet minister Anatoly Lunacharsky, and resided in the United States, then Germany, then Paris, making his living as a composer, pianist and conductor. During that time he married a Spanish singer, Carolina Codina, with whom he had two sons. In the early 1930s, the Great Depression diminished opportunities for Prokofiev's ballets and operas to be staged in America and western Europe. Prokofiev, who regarded himself as composer foremost, resented the time taken by touring as a pianist, and increasingly turned to Soviet Russia for commissions of new music; in 1936 he finally returned to his homeland with his family. He enjoyed some success there – notably with Lieutenant Kijé, Peter and the Wolf, Romeo and Juliet, and perhaps above all with Alexander Nevsky.

The Nazi invasion of the USSR spurred him to compose his most ambitious work, an operatic version of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. In 1948 Prokofiev was attacked for producing "anti-democratic formalism." Nevertheless, he enjoyed personal and artistic support from a new generation of Russian performers, notably Sviatoslav Richter and Mstislav Rostropovich: he wrote his ninth piano sonata for the former and his Symphony-Concerto for the latter.


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SIK2279 Concertino Op. 132 Sol M
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Cello and Orchestra | Book [Softcover]
€ 24,00
HL50600877 March, Op. 99
Concert Band | Sergei Prokofiev | G. Schirmer | Concert Band | Set
€ 74,20
MUZEM028 Peter And The Wolf
Chamber Ensemble | Sergei Prokofiev | Muzika Publisher | Flexible Instrumentation | Set
€ 31,75
SIK2330 Sinfonia N. 5 Op.100
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Score
€ 33,30
CDMPO4400 Alexandre Nevsky
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Chant du Monde | Orchestra | Score
€ 32,70
BH300054 Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 C-Dur op. 26
Orchestra | Klavierauszug für zwei Klaviere durch den Komponisten | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano and Orchestra | Book [Softcover]
€ 31,10
HL50486308 Peter And The Wolf
Concert Band | Standard US Set (without European suppl. parts) | Sergei Prokofiev | G. Schirmer | Concert Band and Opt Narrator | Set
€ 87,20
MUZEM28ZR8 Peter And The Wolf
Chamber Ensemble | Set Stemmen | Sergei Prokofiev | Muzika Publisher | Flexible Instrumentation | Set of Parts
€ 31,75
SIK2295 Peter Und Der Wolf Op. 67
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 17,50
BH83653 Tanz der Ritter
Piano or Keyboard | aus dem Ballett Romeo und Julia op. 64 | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 16,40
SIK2287 Concerto N 4 Op. 53
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Orchestra and Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 28,40
HL50486681 Sonata for Violin, Op. 94
Violin | Sergei Prokofiev | G. Schirmer | Violin and Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 20,50
MUZEM089 Kije's Wedding
Wind Ensemble | Sergei Prokofiev | Muzika Publisher | Variable Wind Ensemble | Set
€ 26,95
HL50486309 Peter And The Wolf
Concert Band | Sergei Prokofiev | G. Schirmer | Concert Band and Opt Narrator | Score
€ 9,30
CDMVO4640 Alexandre Nevsky
Mixed Choir | Sergei Prokofiev | Chant du Monde | SATB | Score
€ 10,90
TIE250900 Peter And The Wolf
Concert Band | Sergei Prokofiev | Tierolff Muziekcentrale | Concert Band/Harmonie | Set
€ 262,44
THE41041055 Highlights Of Familiar Music for Piano
Piano or Keyboard | 77 Melodies In Easy Arrangements | Lewis H. Redner | S. F. Smith | Theodore Presser Company | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 13,70
SOLDES085 Historiette
Wind Ensemble | 2 Flutes, Hautbois, 2 Clarinettes, Cor, Sax Tenor et Baryton | Sergei Prokofiev | Editions Soldano | Wind Ensemble | Set
€ 16,30
SIK6170 Cinderella suite 1 Opus 107
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Orchestra | Studyscore
€ 26,80
SIK2334 Concertino
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Score
€ 21,30
SIK2276 First Piano Pieces
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 21,30
SIK1634 Peter und der Wolf
Vocal | Ein musikalisches Märchen für Kinder für Klavier leicht gesetzt | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Soprano and Piano | Piano Reduction
€ 17,40
MOL012124100 Romeo and Juliet
Concert Band | Sergei Prokofiev | Molenaar Edition | Concert Band/Harmonie | Set
€ 265,31
MOL011897060 Deux Marches Opus 69
Concert Band | Sergei Prokofiev | Molenaar Edition | Concert Band | Set
€ 106,91
MAWETM2083 Romeo und Julia
Orchestra | Große Suite mit Erzählung | Sergei Prokofiev | Musikverlag Andrea Wiegand | Orchestra | Set
€ 162,50
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