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Prokofiev, Sergei

Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was a Soviet composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His works include such widely heard works as the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet – from which "Dance of the Knights" is taken – and Peter and the Wolf. Of the established forms and genres in which he worked, he created – excluding juvenilia – seven completed operas, seven symphonies, eight ballets, five piano concertos, two violin concertos, a cello concerto, a Symphony-Concerto for cello and orchestra, and nine completed piano sonatas.




A graduate of the St Petersburg Conservatory, Prokofiev initially made his name as an iconoclastic composer-pianist, achieving notoriety with a series of ferociously dissonant and virtuosic works for his instrument, including his first two piano concertos. In 1915 Prokofiev made a decisive break from the standard composer-pianist category with his orchestral Scythian Suite, compiled from music originally composed for a ballet commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes. Diaghilev commissioned three further ballets from Prokofiev – Chout, Le pas d'acier and The Prodigal Son – which at the time of their original production all caused a sensation among both critics and colleagues. Prokofiev's greatest interest, however, was opera, and he composed several works in that genre, including The Gambler and The Fiery Angel. Prokofiev's one operatic success during his lifetime was The Love for Three Oranges, composed for the Chicago Opera and subsequently performed over the following decade in Europe and Russia.

After the Revolution, Prokofiev left Russia with the official blessing of the Soviet minister Anatoly Lunacharsky, and resided in the United States, then Germany, then Paris, making his living as a composer, pianist and conductor. During that time he married a Spanish singer, Carolina Codina, with whom he had two sons. In the early 1930s, the Great Depression diminished opportunities for Prokofiev's ballets and operas to be staged in America and western Europe. Prokofiev, who regarded himself as composer foremost, resented the time taken by touring as a pianist, and increasingly turned to Soviet Russia for commissions of new music; in 1936 he finally returned to his homeland with his family. He enjoyed some success there – notably with Lieutenant Kijé, Peter and the Wolf, Romeo and Juliet, and perhaps above all with Alexander Nevsky.

The Nazi invasion of the USSR spurred him to compose his most ambitious work, an operatic version of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. In 1948 Prokofiev was attacked for producing "anti-democratic formalism." Nevertheless, he enjoyed personal and artistic support from a new generation of Russian performers, notably Sviatoslav Richter and Mstislav Rostropovich: he wrote his ninth piano sonata for the former and his Symphony-Concerto for the latter.


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F 01050 Toccata, op.11
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Rob. Forberg Musikverlag | Piano | Book Only
€ 11,99
BH0234968 Violin Concerto No. 2
Violin | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Violin and Orchestra | Book Only
€ 30,60
BWH3606 Peter & Wolf Duits (Schaum)
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Bosworth Edition | Piano | Book Only
€ 12,80
F 01056 Sonate Nr. 2, op.14
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Rob. Forberg Musikverlag | Piano | Book Only
€ 11,99
F 95071 Selected pieces and studies
Piano or Keyboard | op. 2, 3, 4, 12 for piano | Sergei Prokofiev | Rob. Forberg Musikverlag | Piano | Book Only
€ 18,30
CDMPN192 Romeo Et Juliette Ballet Op.75 - 10 Pieces
Piano or Keyboard | Ballet Op. 75 - 10 Pieces | Sergei Prokofiev | Chant du Monde | Piano | Book Only
€ 20,40
F 01045 Vier Etüden, op. 2
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Rob. Forberg Musikverlag | Piano | Book Only
€ 17,99
MOL012124100 Romeo and Juliet
Concert Band (+European Parts) | Sergei Prokofiev | Molenaar Edition | Concert Band/Harmonie | Set (Score & Parts)
€ 265,31
BH101360 Musiques D'Enfants Op.65
Piano or Keyboard | Twelve Easy Pieces | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book Only
€ 21,40
HL50486308 Peter And The Wolf
Concert Band | Standard US Set (without European suppl. parts) | Sergei Prokofiev | G. Schirmer | Concert Band and Opt Narrator | Set (Score & Parts)
€ 87,20
MOL040139050 Athletic Festival March
Brass Band | Sergei Prokofiev | Molenaar Edition | Brass Band | Set (Score & Parts)
€ 58,06
F 03002 Konzert für Klavier und Orch. Nr.1 Des-Dur, op.10
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Rob. Forberg Musikverlag | Orchesterwerke Soloinstrumente und Orchester, KA für 2 Klaviere | Book Only
€ 17,99
SIK2109 Sonata 2 Opus 94B
Flute | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Flute and Piano | Book Only
€ 31,10
BH101359 Visions Fugitives Op.22
Piano or Keyboard | for Piano | Sergei Prokofiev | Boosey and Hawkes | Piano | Book Only
€ 18,40
F 01051 10 Kleine Klavierstücke Opus 12
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Rob. Forberg Musikverlag | Piano | Book Only
€ 17,99
HL50336200 Sonata For Two Violins Op.56
Violin | Sergei Prokofiev | G. Schirmer | Violin Duet | Set (Score & Parts)
€ 20,50
TIE250900 Peter And The Wolf
Concert Band (+European Parts) | Sergei Prokofiev | Tierolff Muziekcentrale | Concert Band/Harmonie | Set (Score & Parts)
€ 278,20
F 95070 Four pieces op. 4
Piano or Keyboard | For piano | Sergei Prokofiev | Rob. Forberg Musikverlag | Piano | Book Only
€ 11,80
SIK2152 Violin Sonata Op.115
Violin | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Violin | Book Only
€ 13,10
SIK2286 Cello Sonata Op. 119
Cello | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Cello and Piano | Book Only
€ 31,10
SIK2121 10 Pieces Op.75
Piano or Keyboard | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Piano | Book Only
€ 26,20
BWH3758 Peter & Wolf
Recorder | Sergei Prokofiev | Bosworth Edition | Recorder | Book Only
€ 7,70
MUZEM028 Peter & Wolf
Flexible Ensemble | Sergei Prokofiev | Muzika Publisher | Flexible Instrumentation | Set (Score & Parts)
€ 31,75
SIK2108 Violin Sonata No.2 Op.94a
Violin | Sergei Prokofiev | Sikorski Edition | Violin and Piano | Book Only
€ 31,10
DIF17531 Montagues & Capulets
Brass Band | Sergei Prokofiev | Difem Publisher | Brass Band | Set (Score & Parts)
€ 80,60
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