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Sergei Sergeievitch Prokofiev

Sergei Sergeievitch Prokofiev (Composer)

Born: 23rd April 1891, Sontsivka

Died: 5th March 1953, Moscow

Nationality: Russian

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was a Russian Soviet composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous music genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His works include such widely heard pieces 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.

Further Reading: Prokofiev

Interview, Iestyn Morris on Romances

The countertenor talks about his new recording of Russian Romances with pianist Nigel Foster on Quartz Records.

Interview, Jocelyn Freeman on The Poet's Echo

The pianist discusses her album of works with a Pushkin connection (including a new version of Britten's eponymous song-cycle, Shostakovich's Cello Sonata and Prokofiev's Three Romances), recently released on Rubicon and also featuring soprano Gemma Summerfield, baritone Gareth Brynmor John & cellist Abi Hyde-Smith.

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