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Sergei Prokofiev


Who is Sergei Prokofiev?

Sergei Prokofiev: Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous musical genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His works include such widely heard works as the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet – from which "Dance of the Knights" is taken – and Peter and the Wolf. Of the established forms and genres in which he worked, he created – excluding juvenilia – seven completed operas, seven symphonies, eight ballets, five piano concertos, two violin concertos, a cello concerto, and nine completed piano sonatas.

  • also known as Sergej Prokofjev; Serge Prokofieff; Serge Prokofiev; Serge Prokofjev; Sergey Prokofiev; Sergey Sergeyevich Prokofiev; Prokofieff; Sergej Sergeevič Prokof'ev; Prokofiev; Sergej Prokofjew; Prokofief; S. Prokofiev; Serghei Prokofiev; Sergei Prokofief; Serge Prokofjew; Prokofiev Sergei; Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev; Prokofiev, Sergei Sergeyevich; Sergei Prokofjew; S. Prokof'ev; Serguei Prokofiev; Prokefiev
  • born on (124 years ago) in Donetsk Oblast, child of Sergei Alekseevich Prokofiev and Maria Grigoryevna Zhitkova
  • ethnicity: Russian
  • nationality: Russian Empire, Soviet Union
  • education: Saint Petersburg Conservatory
  • profession: Composer, pianist, conductor
  • spouses:
    • Marriage with Mira Mendelson between and (5 years)
    • Marriage with Carolina Codina between and (17 years)
  • parent of
  • died on (62 years ago) in Moscow of cerebral hemorrhage
  • buried in Novodevichy Cemetery
  • genres: 20th-century classical music, Opera, Ballet, Art song, Film score, Ballet, Classical music
  • albums: "Cinderella", "Violin Concertos: No. 1 in D major, Op. 19 / No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63", "Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2", "Legendary Conductors: Dimitri Mitropoulos (New York Philharmonic Orchestra)", "Romeo and Juliet Suites Nos. 1, 2 (Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Mariss Jansons)", "Peter and the Wolf / Classical Symphony / Overture on Hebrew Themes / March", "Roger Woodward Plays Prokofiev", "The Fiery Angel", "The Prodigal Son / Divertimento / Andante, Op. 29bis / Symphonic Song", "Violinsonaten / 5 Melodien", "Complete Solo Piano Music, Volume 1 (György Sándor)", "Favourite Orchestral Suites", "Romeo and Juliet (National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine feat. conductor: Andrew Mogrelia)", "Piano Sonatas nos. 2, 3, 5, & 9", "Piano Concertos", "The 5 Piano Concertos (Kirov Orchestra feat. conductor: Valery Gergiev, piano: Alexander Toradze)", "Music for Cello and Orchestra (National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine feat. conductor: Theodore Kuchar, cello: Alexander Rudin)", "Piano Concerto No. 5 / Piano Sonata No. 8 / Visions Fugitives (Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Witold Rowicki, piano: Sviatoslav Richter)", "Romeo and Juliet", "Love for Three Oranges (Kirov Chorus and Orchestra feat. conductor: Valery Gergiev)", "Romeo & Juliet", "Piano Sonatas 4 & 6 / Ten Pieces from Romeo and Juliet", "Symphonies nos. 1 "Classique" & 5 (Münchner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Sergiu Celibidache)", "The Love for Three Oranges (Opera Australia feat. conductor: Richard Hickox)", "Concertos Nos. 2, 3 for Piano and Orchestra", "Roméo et Juliette (excerpt), Symphonie No. 1 Op. 25 "Classique", Suite symphonique Op. 60 "Lieutenant Kijé" (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Yuri Simonov)", "Alexander Nevsky Op. 78", "Alexander Nevsky", "Captain Kangaroo Narrates Peter and the Wolf", "Cinderella Suites Nos. 1-3 / Scythian Suite / "On the Dnieper" (Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Theodore Kuchar)", "Concertos for Piano and Orchestra Nos. 1, 2", "Koss Classics - Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky Cantata And Lieutenant Kije Suite", "Orchestral Suites", "Peter and the Wolf (feat. narrator: Patrick Stewart)", "David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf", "Piano Concertos Nos. 2, 5 (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Antoni Wit, piano: Kun Woo Paik)", "The Five Piano Concertos / Overture on Hebrew Themes / Visions Fugitives", "Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 3, 5", "Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 4, 5", "Piano Concertos Nos. 2, 4", "Piano Sonatas (complete)", "Piano Sonatas Nos. 7 & 8 (feat. Piano: Yefim Bronfman)", "Alexander Nevsky / Lieutenant Kijé", "Complete Concertos", "Romeo and Juliet (selection) / Symphony no. 1 "Classical"", "Romeo and Juliet - Excerpts (Montreal Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Charles Dutoit)", "Romeo and Juliet Suites 1, 2, 3"
  • written works: "Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64c", "Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107", "Semen Kotko", "Divertisment dlia simfonicheskogo orkestra", "Peter & the Wolf Canival of the Animals", "Adazhio, dli︠a︡ violoncheli i fortepiano", "Larghetto from Symphonie classique. Op. 25", "Danse populaire from Romeo and Juliet", "Fragmenty iz muzyki k kinofil'mam", "Veshch' v sebe, A, dlia f-p", "Soviet diary, 1927, and other writings", "Scene, and Mercutio, from Romeo and Juliet, ballet", "The gambler", "Prokofʹev o Prokofʹeve", "Skazki staroĭ babushki, dli︠a︡ fortepiano", "Vos'maia sonata", "Sarcasms", "Prelude, for piano solo. Op. 12, no. 7", "The fiery angel", "Tri pʹesy", "Four pieces for piano solo, op. 4", "Sonaty", "Chetyre portreta i razviazka", "Violin concerto, no. 1, D major. Op. 19", "Toccata for piano solo, op. 11", "Three children's songs", "4 Pieces, Op. 4", "Sarkazmy", "Vtoroǐ kvartet", "Piatyǐ kontsert", "Vtoraia sonata, dlia skripki (ili fleĭty) i fortepiano", "Oda na okonchanie voǐny", "Voĭna i mir S.S. Prokofʹeva", "The love for three oranges", "Romeo i Dzhulʹetta", "S. S. Prokofʹev i N. I͡A︡. Mi͡a︡skovskiĭ--Perepiska", "Pensées. Thoughts", "Autobiography, articles, reminiscences", "Deux chansons russes", "Populiarnye p'esy", "Six pièces pour piano", "Tri fragmenta iz opery obruchenie v monastyre", "The story of Peter and the wolf", "Navazhdenie", "Peṭer ṿeha-zeʼev", "The duenna", "Detskai︠a︡ muzyka", "Selected letters of Sergei Prokofiev", "Quintet for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and bass", "Skazka, Shutka, Marsh, Prizrak"
  • some of the awards:
      • USSR State Prize - "Symphony No. 5"
      • USSR State Prize
      • Lenin Prize
      • Grammy Hall of Fame Award - "Piano Concerto no. 3 in C major, op. 26", with Piero Coppola

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