Diaries 1907-1914: Prodigious Youth

Diaries 1907-1914: Prodigious Youth

Sergei Prokofiev / Sep 19, 2019

Diaries Prodigious Youth Sergey Prokofiev a compulsive diarist and gifted and idiosyncratic writer possessed an incorrigibly sardonic curiosity about individuals and events When he left Russia after the Revolution his

  • Title: Diaries 1907-1914: Prodigious Youth
  • Author: Sergei Prokofiev
  • ISBN: 9780801445408
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sergey Prokofiev, a compulsive diarist and gifted and idiosyncratic writer, possessed an incorrigibly sardonic curiosity about individuals and events When he left Russia after the 1917 Revolution, his diaries were recovered from the family flat in Petrograd and later hidden at considerable personal risk by the composer Nikolai Myaskovsky Prokofiev himself smuggled them oSergey Prokofiev, a compulsive diarist and gifted and idiosyncratic writer, possessed an incorrigibly sardonic curiosity about individuals and events When he left Russia after the 1917 Revolution, his diaries were recovered from the family flat in Petrograd and later hidden at considerable personal risk by the composer Nikolai Myaskovsky Prokofiev himself smuggled them out of the country after his first return to the Soviet Union in 1927 The later diaries, written in the West, were brought back by legal decree after the composer s death in 1953, to be kept in an inaccessible section of the Soviet State Archive Eventually Prokofiev s son Sviatoslav was allowed to transcribe the voluminous contents When he and his son Sergei eventually emigrated to Paris, they undertook the gigantic task of reproducing the partially encoded manuscript in an intelligible form.Diaries, 1907 1914, the first of three volumes that extend to 1933, covers Prokofiev s years at the St Petersburg Conservatoire Simultaneously attached to and exasperated by the tradition exemplified by composers such as Rimsky Korsakov, Glazunov, and Tcherepnin, the brash young genius relishes the power of his talent to irritate, challenge, and finally overcome the establishment In candid and lively prose, he records the all too normal preoccupations of a young man making his way in the brilliant social and artistic circles of the prewar Russian capital Virtually every artist and musician of note appears in these pages, in penetrating and not always flattering vignettes Prokofiev s main subject, however, is music, its creation and its performance He reveals his own developing aesthetic principles through his assessments of the works of others, even as he composes such early masterpieces as the First and Second Piano Concertos, The Ugly Duckling, the First Violin Concerto, and the Classical Symphony An inexhaustibly rich portrait of a vibrant artistic culture on the edge of war and revolution, Prokofiev s Diaries are both a dramatic illumination of a great composer s creativity and an indispensable contribution to our understanding of musical modernism They constitute an essential and entertaining reference for all lovers of Prokofiev s music.

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    1. This was book was disappointing because the composer is not nearly as interesting as one might think after hearing his music. His own writings prove he is more a product of his wealthy upbringing and less a product of self-expression. He was brought up going to a music conservatory and his parents were land owners in Russia at the turn of the 19th to 20th century. He was insolated in classical music training because his parents could afford it, meanwhile the workers on the land they managed star [...]


    2. A rather subjective insight on one of the most innovative composer. Most classical pianists like myself would be super curious about the composer's personality and beginnings as a student at the moscow conservatory of music. If you do not like the composer's art, i doubt that you would appreciate this book. Some might say that the genius of prokofiev had little to do with this particular book(the 1st of the 3) but i beg to differ. Though he had a very smooth sailing journey as a piano student an [...]




    3. A very descriptive, if sometimes overly verbose, text. Gives a vivid depiction of Prokofiev's life, as well as his surroundings and the people with whom he interacted.


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