Knowledge Identifier: +Sergei_Prokofiev
Category: Music (650)
Born in 1891.
Countries: Russia (26%), (15%), United States (13%)
Linked to: Everest Records, London Symphony Orchestra, Naxos Records, Chicago Opera Association
He was inspired by hearing his mother practising the piano in the evenings - mostly works by Chopin and Beethoven - and composed his first piano composition at the age of five, an 'Indian Gallop', which was written down by his mother: this was in the Lydian mode as the young Prokofiev felt 'reluctance to tackle the black notes'.
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Between 1901 and the outbreak of World War II in 1939, several virtuoso- and conductor-composers regularly performed their works with the orchestra, including Edvard Grieg, Arthur Honegger, Leoncavallo, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns, Richard Strauss, and Igor Stravinsky
Reinhold Gliere - Taneyev found two private pupils for him in 1902: Nikolai Myaskovsky and the eleven-year-old Sergei Prokofiev, whom Glière taught on Prokofiev's parental estate Sontsovka
During this period he studied under, among others, Anatoly Lyadov, Nikolai Tcherepnin and Nikolai_Rimsky-Korsakov (though when Rimsky-Korsakov died in 1908, Prokofiev noted that he had only studied orchestration with him 'after a fashion'that is, he was just one of many students in a heavily attended classand regretted that he otherwise 'never had the opportunity to study with him').
Diaghilev commissioned Prokofiev's first ballet, Ala and Lolli, but rejected the work in progress when Prokofiev brought it to him in Italy in 1915.
Worried about the enemy capturing Saint Petersburg, he returned in 1918.
Modest Altschuler - Among the Orchestra's notable premieres were Sergei Prokofiev Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major, Op. 10, which was performed at Carnegie Hall in New York on December 10, 1918 and Mussorgsky's "Prelude to Khovanshchina", which Altschuler presented at Carnegie Hall on February 25, 1905
The Love for Three Oranges finally premièred in Chicago in December 1921, under the composer's baton.
Mary Garden - Although director for only one year, Garden was notably responsible for staging the world premiere of Sergei Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges" before the company went bankrupt in 1922
In 1923, he married the Spanish singer Lina Llubera (18971989), before moving back to Paris.
Around 1927, the virtuoso's situation brightened; he had exciting commissions from Diaghilev and made concert tours in Russia; in addition, he enjoyed a very successful staging of The Love for Three Oranges in Leningrad (as Saint Petersburg was known).
Ma Sicong - In February 1934, Ma collaborated with Jewish pianist Harry Ore, who was a classmate of Sergei Prokofiev, and composed the "Violin sonata No. 1 in G major"
Romeo And Juliet: Montagues And Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev
Boris Khaykin - He was artistic director of the Little Leningrad Opera Theatre in 1936-43 and the principal conductor at the Kirov Theatre in 1944-53, where he conducted the première of Sergei Prokofiev's "Betrothal in a Monastery" on 3 November 1946
Peter And The Wolf: The Story Begins by Sergei Prokofiev
In 1938, Prokofiev collaborated with Eisenstein on the historical epic Alexander Nevsky.
Denver Symphony Orchestra - In 1938, Sergei Prokofiev conducted the orchestra in his "First Symphony" and performed his "First Piano Concerto" under the baton of Horace Tureman
However the première of the opera was postponed because Meyerhold was arrested on 20 June 1939 by the NKVD (Joseph Stalin's Secret Police), and shot on 2 February 1940.
Leopold Stokowski - Stokowski conducted a great deal of contemporary music with the NBC Symphony, including the U.S. premiere of Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky" in 1943, the world premieres of Schoenberg's Piano Concerto and George Antheil's 4th Symphony, both in 1944, and new works by Alan Hovhaness, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Milhaud, Howard Hanson, William Schuman, Morton Gould and many others
Prokofiev died at the age of 61 on 5 March 1953, the day Joseph Stalin's death was announced.
Brian Eno - In 1975 Eno performed as the Wolf in a rock version of Sergei Prokofiev's classic "Peter and The Wolf"
Gabriel Tacchino - His recordings include the complete music for piano by Poulenc, which was reissued by EMI on five CDs in 2005; the complete piano concertos by Saint-Saëns and Prokofiev for Vox; and works by J. S. Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Franck, Grieg, Debussy, Satie, Ravel, Gershwin, Addinsell, and others for recording labels such as Erato and Pierre Verany