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Sergey Prokofiev was one of the twentieth century s greatest composers and one of its greatest mysteries Until now In The People s Artist, Simon Morrison draws on groundbreaking research to illuminate the life of this major composer, deftly analyzing Prokofiev s music in light of new archival discoveries Indeed, 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, writings, correspondence, and unopened journals and diaries The story he found in these documents is one of lofty hopes and disillusionment, of personal and creative upheavals Morrison shows that Prokofiev seemed to thrive on uncertainty during his Paris years, stashing scores in suitcases, and ultimately stunning his fellow emigr s by returning to Stalin s Russia 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 , until it finally censured him in 1948, ending his career and breaking his health....

Title : The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years
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ISBN : 0199753482
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Oxford University Press 1 edition October 25, 2010
Number of Pages : 512 pages
File Size : 662 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years Reviews

  • dale campbell
    2018-07-21 08:26

    The subject matter was a bit constricted in range. It would be better if one were to read a more general biography first-like Jaffe.

  • Taylor
    2018-08-08 15:24

    Awesome bio! Morrison knows this s***!

  • Tsingtao Tootsie
    2018-07-29 16:24

    Our college students can't quite grasp the misery of living under Stalin's thumb, and the meticulous reporting on the life of this famous composer after his move to the Soviet Union (not his return home, because he left while it was still Tsarist Russia) is excellent. For researchers and reflective readers only.

  • Albert Resis
    2018-08-13 13:14

    A splendid biography. It answers many questions about P., e.g. his attachment to Christian Science as part of his philosophy.

  • Philippe Vandenbroeck
    2018-07-25 13:29

    It is obviously always very welcome when a major monograph is published about a peculiar artist such as Sergei Prokofiev. I read Harlow Robinson's 

  • BigOlBear
    2018-07-19 10:41

    It's a good reference. It's insightful, quality research. Of course there are two sides to the story. Some scholars view Prokofiev as apolitical. This book clearly paints him as a very political composer. The real problem in researching this composer is in sifting out the evidence that is coerced due to living under a repressive regime thus exposing his actual desires and intent. How does one decide what is propoganda and what is sincere?

  • Terry King
    2018-07-18 11:14

    THE PEOPLE'S ARTIST is the single most important work to date on the great composer emphasizing the Soviet era. Morrison writes as if he were telling the story in the first person, divulging the most detailed scholarship culled from primary sources hitherto unknown to the West. The culture of the Soviet era is revealed, solving many mysteries that show his true motives for decisions both personal and professional. Most notably, Prokofiev's intentions in choosing to stay in the Soviet Union are finally clearly presented. No stone is unturned. The fascinating process of composing many works at the same time, of producing the ballets and working with the epic filmmaker Sergey Eisenstein - yet at all times anticipating the provincial demands of Stalin's hierarchy - are brought to vivid focus. This book belongs in any library, and especially to those readers interested in the enigmatic composer and the Soviet era. Terry King