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Life of Sergei Prokofiev, Post-Romantic period, 1891-1953 If I were to meet him now, I would ask him what he considered the most important thing to do or keep in mind when composing
- Immigrated to the United States, May 1918 - Married the Spanish singer Carolina Codina, known as Lina Llubera, in 1923 (Though Prokofiev did have an affair with Mira Mendelson, they did not divorce) - Birth of first son, Sviatoslav Prokofiev, 27 feb 1924 - Birth of second son, Oleg Prokofiev, 14 dec 1928
Died on March 5th, 1953 in Moscow, Russia Cause of death unknown, potentially cerebral hemorrhage
Born April 23rd, 1891 in Sontsovka, Ukraine (now Sontsivka) Father: Sergei Alexeyevich Prokofiev, an agronomist Mother: Maria Grigoryevna Zhitkova, a pianist. He spent the early years of his life in a rural village, which left an impression on him He had a lifelong chess hobby He composed a variety of different types of pieces, such as symphonies, operas, overtures.
- Prokofiev's first began learning piano at a very young age, inspired by his mother. - His first piece was composed when he was five, "Indian Gallop" - He wrote his first opera when he was nine years old, "The Giant", along with other pieces He has composed around 179 pieces, with some of his most famous being: - The opera "A Love for Three Oranges" - The song "Peter and the Wolf - His ballet in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"
Prokofiev was often viewed as eccentric and arrogant, and was consistently bored throughout his formal education In order to relate myself to Prokofiev, I can look for the similarities both between his and my method of playing, as well as similarities between his compositions and the music that I enjoy listening to Possibly admiration for his role models, happiness with his abilities as a composer, and sorrow for the impending war and bloodshed that was going to /did affect his homeland
Prokofiev was unique in the sense that while his music was composed tonally, it feels different from other such pieces He attended the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in 1904, where he received a thorough musical and academic education His fame was acquired through his variety of compositions and notable operas His musical development was influenced by his first piano teacher: Reinhold Glière, a pianist and composer. He performed in various countries rush as Russia, Europe, and the United States
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