Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953) was considered strikingly modern in his day, yet his compositions retain a compelling lyricism and an acerbic wit that have ensured their enduring popularity. Having left his native Russia for the USA and subsequently Paris, he spent the last 17 years of his life in the USSR, where his work was heavily influenced by Stalin's cultural policies. Daniel Jaffe's comprehensive biography offers a detailed examination of this remarkable composer's life and works, in the context of the other cultural luminaries of his day and the political turmoil of early twentieth-century Russia.
Daniel Jaffe is a freelance music journalist, specializing in twentieth-century music, and currently the Reviews Editor at Classic CD magazine.
Preface / Chapter 1: The Russian Wunderkind 1891-1914 / Chapter 2: Ballets Russes and Revolution 1914-18 / Chapter 3: A Tale of Three Cities 1918-22 / Chapter 4: Lina and the Fiery Angel 1922-7 / Chapter 5: The Prodigal Son 1927-9 / Chapter 6: Return to the USSR 1929-36 / Chapter 7: The Terror 1936-41 / Chapter 8: The Great Patriotic War 1941-5 / Chapter 9: Winter Bonfire 1945-53 / Epilogue / Classified List of Works / Further Reading / Selective Discography / Index