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Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography Paperback – January 24, 2002
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Readers looking for a fawning hagiography are advised to look elsewhere. While Robinson focuses on the composer's work (with a special emphasis on the operas), there is no effort to whitewash his self-centeredness and very difficult personality. Stories of Prokofiev's coldness and cruelty are legion. One wonders how he would have fared in today's world with the same talents, but having to continually toe the line of political correctness and "market" himself. Prokofiev, while he mellowed in his later years, simply did not care what other people thought, and was not shy about saying what was on his mind. Paradoxically, he worked all his life to appease those who commissioned works from him, to say nothing of the powers that be in Soviet Russia. Robinson devotes much discussion to the ideological attacks of Stalin and Zhdanov in early 1948, after the composer's health was already in decline. Prokofiev's response, he writes, was "neither a complete apology, nor a statement of indignant rebellion.Read more ›
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Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) is the subject of this excellent biography by a professor of literature; it is accordingly much more of a biography and less of a "musical analysis"... Read morePublished on September 25, 2009 by Steven H Propp
Thoroughly researched, well written, concise and to the point, full of facinating details -- this is a masterly biography of Prokofiev. Read morePublished on July 18, 2008 by R. G. W. Brown