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Composing for the Red ScreenProkofiev and Soviet Film$
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Kevin Bartig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199967599

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967599.001.0001

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New Media, New Means

New Media, New Means

Lieutenant Kizhe

(p.12) 1 New Media, New Means
Composing for the Red Screen

Kevin Bartig

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Prokofiev's music for Lieutenant Kizhe, an anti-tsarist satire written by Yuri Tïnyanov and directed by Alexander Fayntsimmer. In addition to being the composer's first foray into film music, Lieutenant Kizhe was one of his first Soviet commissions. The events surrounding its creation are examined, including how Prokofiev approached an unknown medium and how he addressed the issue of accessible music for the masses. The composer sought complete stylistic and dramaturgical economy—which he called a “new simplicity”—while consciously avoiding reference to popular genres.

Keywords:   Lieutenant Kizhe, new simplicity, sound recording, Skazka, Yury Tïnyanov, Belgoskino, Alexander Fayntsimmer

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