1891 - 1953

Prokofiev, Sergei. Sergeievich (1891-1953); Russian composer, born Ekaterinoslav. He studied under Gliere and then at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under Liadov, Wihtol, Rimsky Korsakov and Anna Essipova. He won the Rubinstein prize for his first piano concerto. In 1918 he left Russia, living in Britain, France, Japan and the U.S.A before returning to Russia in 1927. The Soviet authorities insisted that he should popularise his music. In 1948, however, it was felt that he had not carried this far enough, and he was accused of showing an individualism intolerable to Soviet society.

His efforts at more popular and sympathetic music can be seen in such works as Peter and the Wolf, the cantata Toast for Stalin's Birthday, and the film music for Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky. His operas include The Love for Three Oranges, The Gambler (after Dostoievsky's novel) and War and Peace (after Tolstoy's novel). He also wrote music for ballet and films, 7 symphonies, 2 violin and 5 piano concertos, and many piano works. His music in his earlier years was distinguished by its hard brilliance, his later works showing a mellowing and maturity of style.

Last Updated on 9th March 2003
By Steven

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I like to thank George Pollen for the following music, to contact George please ("> Click Here, or better still visit his Website here

(2810)"Dance of the knights - from Romeo & Juliet Ballet " A very beautiful piece sequenced by George Pollen.

I like to thank B.S. Lengton for sequencing and donating the following lovely pieces, to contact Email (">B.S. Lengton.

(2723) "First part Peter & the Wolf". Donated and sequenced by B.S. Lengton. Downlowad the narration in text format HERE,

I like to thank Tony for the sequencing the following piece, to contact please email ("> TONY.

(2668)"Piano Sonata No.3 in A minor Op.28" A beautiful sequenced by Tony Matthews.

(2352)"Toccata Op.11"(Redone and improved Sept 2002) Nicely sequenced by Tony Matthews.

I like to thank Emily for the sequencing the following piece, to contact please email ("> EMILY.

(2002)"A short except from Peter & the Wolf" Sequenced by Emily Gray

I would like to thank Gary Goldberg for donating the following piece, please email Gary and let him know your what you think, (">Gary Goldberg.

(1415)"Piano Concerto No.1, a really excellent piece donated & sequenced by Gary Goldberg

(407)"Tocccata for Piano" (Info kindly supplied by Gary Goldberg) Sequenced by Gary Goldberg

(408) Motagues and Capule Seq by ?

(409) Scherzo from the Fifth Symphony, a excellent crafted piece Seq by D.J

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