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

Prokofiev: From Russia to the West 1891-1935 by David Nice newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Yale University Press, 2003, Hardback in dust wrapper.

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 Prokofievs 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 Prokofievs 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 Prokofievs 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 Prokofievs 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 Prokofievs life from this period until his death in 1953.

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.

Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XVI] 390 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt with you something from here?

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