The Music of Sergei Prokofiev
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Osher (50+). A musical exploration into the works of Sergei Prokofiev.
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Sergei Prokofiev is one of the most important Russian pianist-composers at the turn of the 20th century. Prokofiev arrived at the St. Petersburg Conservatory at the tender age of 13 at the suggestion of Sergei Taneyev and Alexander Glazunov. He began studying harmony and counterpoint with Anatoly Lyadov and orchestration with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The eccentric young composer became dissatisfied with the conservative musical styles propagated by his conservatory education, and upon his arrival on the St. Petersburg musical scene, he developed the reputation as an enfant terrible. His innovative compositions would eventually gain him great success as one of the premiere modernist composers in Europe and the Soviet Union during the 20th century. In this course, we listen to some of Prokofiev’s most important orchestral compositions, such as Romeo and Juliet, the Classical Symphony, the music for the film Alexander Nevsky, as well as some of his monumental piano concertos and piano sonatas.