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The People's ArtistProkofiev's Soviet Years$
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Simon Morrison

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181678

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181678.001.0001

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The Forefront of Soviet Music, 1944–1947

The Forefront of Soviet Music, 1944–1947

(p.247) 6 The Forefront of Soviet Music, 1944–1947
The People's Artist

Simon Morrison

Oxford University Press

This chapter chronicles Prokofiev's two summers in Ivanovo, where he composed his illustrious Fifth Symphony, the prizes and medals awarded to him by Stalinist cultural agencies, his largely futile efforts to bring War and Peace to the stage, and the serious illness (ventricular hypertrophy) that would periodically incapacitate him. The chapter concludes with an assessment of the conception and reception of his Sixth Symphony, and the darkening of the political and cultural climate on the eve of the anti-formalist campaign of 1948.

Keywords:   Ivanovo, Stalin Prize, hypertrophy, Fifth Symphony, Sixth Symphony, formalism, anti-formalist

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