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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
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
SIK2295 Peter Und Der Wolf Op. 67
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 17,50
HL50486681 Sonata for Violin, Op. 94
Violin | Sergei Prokofiev | G. Schirmer | Violin and Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 20,50
SIK2287 Concerto N 4 Op. 53
Orchestra | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Orchestra and Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 28,40
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
GBLV0149 L'Amour Des 3 Oranges
Mixed Choir | Sergei Prokofiev | Gérard Billaudot | Opera | Book [Softcover]
€ 10,70
GBLV0065 Le Joueur
Mixed Choir | Sergei Prokofiev | Gérard Billaudot | Opera | Book [Softcover]
€ 8,00
GBLV0010 L'Ange De Feu
Mixed Choir | Sergei Prokofiev | Gérard Billaudot | Opera | Book [Softcover]
€ 6,90
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
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
CDMVO4057B Chants et Romances Volume 2
Vocal | Sergei Prokofiev | Chant du Monde | Vocal and Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 28,99
CDMCH4862 Le Champ Des Morts Alexandre Nevsky
Mixed Choir | Sergei Prokofiev | Chant du Monde | Mixed Choir | Book [Softcover]
€ 11,99
CARMK4491 Amore Delle Tre Mararance
Vocal | Sergei Prokofiev | Edition Carisch | Opera | Book [Softcover]
€ 11,99
BRKDV9011 Russische Volkslieder op. 104
Vocal | Sergei Prokofiev | Breitkopf und Härtel | Vocal and Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 21,30
BH83669 Three Pieces op. 95
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book [Softcover]
€ 20,40
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
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