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Born: 23 April 1891, Sontsovka, Russia
Died: 5 March 1953, Moscow, Russia

Prokofiev (Copyright 2001 Nadav Dafni)Prokofiev, Sergei

Among Russia's prominent composers in the 20th century. Studied with Rimsky-Korsakov and other teachers, and was a gifted pianist. As early as in his first pieces (the Piano Concerto No. 1), his tendency toward bold harmonies and sophisticated rhythmic games that provoked harsh criticism, was evident. On the other hand, he also had a tendency for Classic structures and tonality, and the combination between innovative and classical is visible in his work from that time, such as the Symphony No. 1, "The Classic", in which he wrote clean, brilliant music - Haydn-style.

The church in Sontsovka (now Krasnoye, Ukraine) where Prokofiev was Christened, photo by Jaroslav MenclHe left Russia in 1918, after the October Revolution, and lived for some time in the US and in Paris. During his wandering around Europe, he was influenced by Stravinsky's "Rite of the Spring", and wrote music for the same ballet as him (for Sergei Diaghilev), music that put him on the cutting edge of modern music.

Prokofiev's piano. Photograph taken by Jaroslav Mencl at the Museum of Regional Studies in Donetsk, Ukraine, 2001Being in America, he composed an opera called "The Love for Three Oranges", but when he returned to the Soviet Union in 1934, he gradually changed his bold musical style and mellowed it, for the government's satisfaction. Since then, he wrote music for different plays and films (including the sound score for "Alexander Nevsky", by Soviet cinema genius Sergei Eisenstein); particularly loved is "Peter and the Wolf"Peter from 'Peter and the Wolf' - Prokofiev which he wrote for an orchestra and a narrator, describing a Russian folk children's educational tale. Each figure in the story is portrayed by an instrument, in the Wagner-like "guiding theme" (leitmotif) technique.

Statue of Prokofiev, photo by Jaroslav Mencl in Sontsovka (now Krasnoye, Ukraine)He died in 1953, on the same day as Stalin and never enjoyed the relative relaxation in musical censorship that then took place.

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