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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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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
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
BH6501388 Anthologie von Orchesterwerken
Orchestra | Classical Symphony & The Love for Three Oranges: Symphonic Suite | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Studyscore
€ 43,90
BH6500983 Sinfonia Concertante op. 125
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Cello and Orchestra | Studyscore
€ 35,70
BH2096 Peter And The Wolf Op.67
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Studyscore
€ 27,30
BHI77872 Troika
Orchestra | from Lieutenant Kije | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | String Orchestra | Score
€ 6,20
BHI77871 Troika
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | String Orchestra | Set
€ 59,60
BHI66234 Troika
Concert Band | from Lieutenant Kije | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Wind Band | Score
€ 6,70
BH83669 Three Pieces op. 95
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 20,40
BH83667 Andante op. 50a
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | String Orchestra | Set
€ 92,80
BH83384 Gavotte
Orchestra | from the Classical Symphony op. 25 | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Set of Parts
€ 38,80
BH83383 Gavotte
Orchestra | from the Classical Symphony op. 25 | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Score
€ 10,20
BH83382 The Love of three Oranges op. 33
Orchestra | March | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Set of Parts
€ 35,70
BH83381 The Love of three Oranges op. 33
Orchestra | March | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Set of Parts
€ 107,00
BH83380 Die Liebe zu drei Orangen op. 33
Orchestra | Marsch | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Score
€ 10,20
BH83379 Troika op. 60
Orchestra | from the Symphonic Suite Lieutenant Kijé | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Set of Parts
€ 75,40
BH83378 Troika op. 60
Orchestra | from the Symphonic Suite Lieutenant Kijé | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Set
€ 99,90
BH80373 12 Russian Folksongs op. 104
Vocal | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Vocal and Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 47,40
BH80157 Sechs Stücke Aus Cinderella Op. 102
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 25,50
BH7300104 Troika
Various Instruments | Buy a band | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Instrumental with Accompaniment | CD-ROM
€ 8,50
BH6600113 Maddalena op. 13
Mixed Choir | Oper in einem Akt | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano Reduction | Piano Reduction
€ 35,70
BH6600050 Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen op. 33
Vocal | Oper in 4 Akten und einem Prolog | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Mixed Choir and Orchestra | Piano Reduction
€ 109,00
BH6501456 Symphonic Suite op. 61
Orchestra | aus Egyptian Nights | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Studyscore
€ 24,50
BH6501295 Liebe Z D 3 Orangen (Hps967)
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Studyscore
€ 34,20
BH6500826 Symphony No.4 Revised Version Op.112
Orchestra | 2. Version | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Orchestra | Studyscore
€ 101,90
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