Prokofiev Peter and the Bird for Flute and Piano


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Prokofiev Peter and the Bird for Flute and Piano

Prokofiev Peter and the Bird for Flute and Piano


Composer-Sergei Prokofiev

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a 20th-century Russian (and Soviet) composer known for his diverse musical output, including symphonies, concerti, film music, operas, ballets, and program pieces. Born into an agricultural family, village life and peasant songs influenced him deeply. His mother, a skilled pianist, nurtured his musical talent, leading him to study under renowned teachers such as Sergey Taneyev and Reinhold Glière.

From 1904 to 1914, Prokofiev attended the conservatory in St. Petersburg, a period of rapid creative growth. His graduation performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major earned him the Anton Rubinstein Prize. Although he received a solid academic foundation, Prokofiev sought musical innovation and found support in progressive circles advocating musical renewal.

During the pre-Revolutionary period, Prokofiev explored various artistic currents, drawing inspiration from modernist Russian poets, painters like Cézanne and Picasso’s followers, and theatrical ideas from Vsevolod Meyerhold. He collaborated with Serge Diaghilev, the famous ballet impresario, and gained recognition for his piano concerti.

In the 1920s, Prokofiev entered a “foreign period,” touring extensively and achieving success in Europe and the United States. He composed numerous works, including ballets, symphonies, and operas. Despite success abroad, Prokofiev missed his homeland and eventually returned to the Soviet Union in the 1930s. This period marked the crystallization of his realistic and epical style, seen in works like the ballet “Romeo and Juliet” and the opera “War and Peace.”

During World War II, Prokofiev’s patriotic feelings intensified, and he composed works reflecting national themes. The war years took a toll on his health and subjected him to political pressure, but he continued to create remarkable compositions.
In 1953, Prokofiev passed away suddenly due to a cerebral haemorrhage, leaving behind unfinished works. Posthumously, he received significant recognition, with growing popularity in the Soviet Union and abroad. His contributions to music earned him the prestigious Lenin Prize in 1957.

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