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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
SIK2330 Sinfonia N. 5 Op.100
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Score
€ 33,30
SIK2295 Peter Und Der Wolf Op. 67
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 17,50
SIK2287 Concerto N 4 Op. 53
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Orchestra and Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 28,40
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
SIK8077A Peter und der Wolf-Karneval der Tiere
CD's, DVD's or CD-ROM general | Mit Rolf Zuckowski als Erzähler. CD (Einspielung) | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | CD | CD
€ 14,50
SIK6932 Peter und der Wolf
Vocal | für Sprecher und Klavier zu vier Händen | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Soprano and Piano, 4 Hands | Piano Reduction
€ 33,30
SIK6925 Cinderella Suite 2 Opus 108
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Orchestra | Studyscore
€ 25,10
SIK6922 Peter und der Wolf
Vocal | Ein musikalisches Märchen für Kinder mit 9 einfachen Klavierstücken | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Soprano and Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 13,70
SIK6593 Lieder und Romanzen
Vocal | für Vocal und Klavier | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Vocal and Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 20,20
SIK6182 Alexander Newski Op 78
Mixed Choir | Kantate Fur Mezzo Sopran Gemischten Chor Und Orchester | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Soprano, Mixed Choir and Orchestra | Score
€ 24,60
SIK2403 3 Stucke Aus Krieg Und Frieden
Piano or Keyboard | Und Lermontow Walzer Op 96 | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 19,10
SIK2292 Peter und der Wolf
Vocal | Ein musikalisches Märchen für Kinder | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Soprano and Piano | Piano Reduction
€ 21,30
SIK2291 Peter Un Der Wolf Op. 67
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Orchestra | Score
€ 31,10
SIK2180 Sonata N. 9 Do Op.103
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 24,00
SIK1633A Peter und der Wolf
Mixed Choir | CD (Originalaufnahme) | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Choir | CD
€ 9,70
SIK1633 Peter und der Wolf
Mixed Choir | für Sprecher und gemischten Chor a cappella | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Narrator and Mixed Choir | Vocal Score
€ 12,00
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