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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967599.003.0003

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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