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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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The Queen of Spades, the 1937 Pushkin Jubilee, and Repatriation

The Queen of Spades, the 1937 Pushkin Jubilee, and Repatriation

(p.36) 2 The Queen of Spades, the 1937 Pushkin Jubilee, and Repatriation
Composing for the Red Screen

Kevin Bartig

Oxford University Press

Immediately following his repatriation in 1936, Prokofiev composed his second film score, this one for a screen adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's The Queen of Spades. Although the film was never finished, the chapter shows that Prokofiev's completed score demonstrates a continued interest in economy and minimal means. Further considered in the chapter is Prokofiev's intentional politicization of his aesthetic goals: the composer positioned his new simplicity as an ideal musical answer to the ideological goals of state-sponsored events planned for the centenary of Pushkin's death.

Keywords:   the Queen of Spades, alexander Pushkin, 1937 Pushkin Jubilee, civic commemoration, mikhaíl Romm, pytor Chaikovsky, mosfilm, committee on Cinema Affairs

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