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Sergei Prokofiev:
About Sergei Prokofiev


Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev lived and traveled around the world, but found that he was most at home in Russia. This look at his life takes you on his travels and highlights some of his music, including Peter and the Wolf, which he wrote for the Central Children's Theatre in Moscow.

Other shows about Sergei Prokofiev:
Peter and the Wolf
Musical Sleigh Rides
How Suite It Is
The Story of Lt. Kije

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About Sergei Prokofiev
4/23/1891 - 3/5/1953
Born in Ukraine

Russian composer and pianist Sergei Prokofiev was born in 1891 in Sontsovka, a small village in Ukraine. Early on, it was clear that he had musical talent. His mother, who was a very good pianist, encouraged him, and taught him to play the piano. Sergei began composing at the age of five. When he got a bit older, he and his mother moved to St. Petersburg, so that he could study music there.

After Prokofiev graduated from school, he traveled around Europe to learn more about music. World War I and the Russian Revolution made living and working in Russia very difficult, so Prokofiev left the country in 1918. Paris eventually became his home, but he also spent time in the United States and the Bavarian Alps. But the whole time he was away from Russia, Prokofiev longed for his homeland. In 1936, he made the unusual decision to move back to the Soviet Union.

Prokofiev was a master at using music to tell a story. One of his most famous musical stories is Peter and the Wolf, which was written for Russia's Central Children's Theatre. You may have seen it performed in school, or on the concert stage.

In addition to symphonic music, Prokofiev wrote ballets, operas, and music for films -- like Lieutenant KijÚ

See other composers born in Ukraine

 

This Week's Quiz:

1. Where was Prokofiev born?

France

Ukraine

England

Russia

United States


2.What instrument did Prokofiev play?

Violin

Tuba

Piano

Cello

Timpani


3. What was Prokofiev's favorite game?

Checkers

Crossword Puzzles

Monopoly

Chess

Tennis



 

Sergei Prokofiev
Lt. KijÚ Suite


Composed in 1933
Performed by Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Mogrelia, conductor

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