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Author Morrison, Simon Alexander, 1964-

Title The people's artist : Prokofiev's Soviet years / Simon Morrison.

Published Oxford New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.


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Physical description ix, 491 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction. Moscow's Celebrity Composer -- 1. Plans Gone Awry, 1935-1938 -- 2. Seeking the Formula, 1938-1939 -- 3. The Pushkin Centennial -- 4. War and Evacuation, 1940-1943 -- 5. The Eisenstein Films -- 6. The Forefront of Soviet Music, 1944-1947 -- 7. 1948 -- 8. Affirmation, 1949-1953 -- App. A. The Original Scenario of Romeo and Juliet -- App. B. The Tonya Cue Sheet.
Summary "Sergey Prokofiev was one of the twentieth century's greatest composers - and one of its greatest mysteries. In 1918, he escaped a Russia engulfed in revolution, eventually settling in Paris. Then, in 1936, he surprisingly returned to the increasingly brutal Soviet Union. There he seemed to disappear, the details of his life and work filtered by a security apparatus that kept Prokofiev - and his legacy - under careful guard." "Until now. In The People's Artist, Simon Morrison draws on groundbreaking research to illuminate the life of this major composer, offering profound new insight into the master's work. Morrison was the first scholar to gain access to the composer's sealed files in the Russian State Archives, where he uncovered a wealth of previously unknown scores, unexpurgated speeches and writings, correspondence, and unopened journals and diaries." "The story he found in these hoarded documents is one of lofty hopes and disillusionment, of personal and creative upheavals. Prokofiev seemed to thrive on uncertainty during his Paris years, stashing scores in suitcases and drafting librettos and scenarios on hotel letterhead. He stunned his fellow emigres by returning at a time when the All-Union Committee on Arts Affairs took command of all musical activities. At first, Stalin's regime treated him as a celebrity, but Morrison details how the bureaucratic machine ground him down with corrections and censorship (forcing rewrites of such major works as Romeo and Juliet and War and Peace), until it finally censured him in 1948, ending his career and breaking his health. Along the way, the author deftly analyzes Prokofiev's music in light of these archival discoveries." "In The People's Artist, Morrison combines groundbreaking research with astute musical analysis to create a stark new image of a great composer."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Prokofiev, Sergey, 1891-1953.
Composers -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
ISBN 9780195181678 (alk. paper)