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The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years

Simon Morrison

Abstract

In 1936, Sergey Prokofiev relocated from France to Soviet Russia, a period marked by the marshalling of musical activities under the auspices of the All-Union Committee on Arts Affairs. The composer, an international celebrity, perplexed his Parisian colleagues by migrating to a totalitarian state whose cultural institutions discouraged creative experiment and fulminated against Western modernism. And indeed while valued by the Stalinist regime and supported by its cultural institutions, he suffered correction and censorship, the result being a gradual sapping of his creating energies. Prokofi ... More

Keywords: Prokofiev, modernism, Stalinism, Romeo and Juliet, War and Peace, Russian archives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195181678
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181678.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Morrison, author
Princeton University

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