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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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Affirmation, 1949–1953

Affirmation, 1949–1953

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The People's Artist

Simon Morrison

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes Prokofiev's gradual rehabilitation within the Stalinist cultural and political establishment, his successful fulfillment of commissions for pallid works on themes of youth (notably Winter Bonfire and On Guard for Peace), and his collaborations with the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. It also chronicles Prokofiev's hospitalizations and his solitary existence with his second wife Mira Mendelson in Nikolina Gora, where, in his final months, he conceived a series of works in the spirit of Bach. The chapter concludes with an assessment of Prokofiev's posthumous legacy.

Keywords:   rehabilitation, themes of youth, Mstislav Rostropovich, hospitalization, second wife, Nikolina Gora, Bach, posthumous legacy

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