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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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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
SIK2295 Peter Und Der Wolf Op. 67
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 17,50
CFO4665 Master Melodies for The Junior Soloist
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Carl Fischer | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 7,60
ALF006340 Toccate Opus 11
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Alfred Music Publications | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 4,40
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
SIK2276 First Piano Pieces
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 21,30
EKGM870 Kindermusik
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Edition Kunzelmann | Piano | Piano Reduction
€ 16,20
ECS11406 Gavotte from the Classical Symphony
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Galaxy Music Corporation | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 3,30
ECS11239 Peter and the Wolf: March
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Galaxy Music Corporation | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 3,30
CFPL1212 Progressive Repertoire 6
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Carl Fischer | Piano | Book and CD
€ 16,30
CFO4931 Repertoire 4B
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Carl Fischer | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 9,80
CFO3198 My Favorite Program Album
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Carl Fischer | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 23,50
CFATF105 Simplified Classics For Piano
Piano or Keyboard | Maurice Ravel | Carl Fischer | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 20,20
BH83669 Three Pieces op. 95
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 20,40
BH80157 Sechs Stücke Aus Cinderella Op. 102
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 25,50
BH6268 Ten Pieces From Cinderella Op 97
Piano or Keyboard | For Piano | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 41,80
BH2097 Peter and The Wolf Op. 67
Piano or Keyboard | A Musical Tale For Children | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 18,40
BH12394 Prokofieff
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 14,30
BH100608 Sinfonia Classica Op. 25
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 19,40
ALF00K05001 Piano Solos, Volume 1
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Alfred Music Publications | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 24,00
ALF0046023 Sonatas, Opp. 1, 14, 28, 29
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Alfred Music Publications | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 26,20
THE41041233 Bach To Kabalevsky
Piano or Keyboard | 33 Piano Solos In Their Original Form | Sergei Prokofiev | Theodore Presser Company | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 11,50
THE41041193 Schubert To Shostakovich
Piano or Keyboard | 39 Piano Solos In Their Original Form Intermediate Volume 2 | Sergei Prokofiev | Theodore Presser Company | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 11,50
THE41041073 Highlights(39) Of Familar Music
Piano or Keyboard | Maurice Ravel | Theodore Presser Company | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 20,20
THE41041046 Highlights Of Familiar Music for Piano
Piano or Keyboard | 74 Melodies In Easy Arrangements | Sergei Rachmaninov | Henry Francis Lyte | Theodore Presser Company | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 11,50
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