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Prokofiev: From Russia to the West 1891-1935 - David Nice

Yale University Press, 2003, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Small personal monogram stamp to the first blank otherwise a very well presented copy.

Jacket illustration: Prokofiev in the early 1920s by Natalya Goncharova. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Musical scores;

From the cover: “Since 1991 — the year that marked both the fall of the Soviet Union and the centenary of Sergey Prokofiev’s birth — a new assessment of the life and work of this remarkable and often elusive composer has become both possible and necessary. For this definitive study David Nice has drawn on an unprecedented range of new archival material, manuscripts of works previously unexamined and interviews.

The book follows Prokofiev’s personal and musical journey from his childhood on a Ukrainian country estate to the years he spent travelling in America and Europe as an acclaimed interpreter of his own works, Nice sheds new light on the striking compositions of Prokofiev’s early years, his training at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and the circumstances of his departure from Russia in 1918 for what the composer thought would be a short tour of America. Through letters and documents, a thorough picture is also presented of his marriage and family relationships.

Nice re-evaluates the music of Prokofiev’s years in the west and traces his unique approach to new melodic thinking from the early works through the more complicated music of the early 1930s and on to the fresh simplicity of his early Soviet scores. He also examines the complex reasons that led Prokofiev to move his family to the Soviet Union in 1936. A second volume, The Soviet Years, will cover Prokofiev’s life from this period until his death in 1953.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XVI] 390 pages.