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Biography of Sergej Prokofjew (1891-1953): biography, sheet music, recordings, weblinks and literature

Biography of Sergej Prokofjew (1891-1953)

Born on the manor Sonzowka near Bachmut
Acceptance at the St. Petersburg, for the appliance he addes already four operas and a symphony he had written. Studies with Rimski-Korsakow and Tcherepnin.
Was great at the piano, his compositions were said to be confused.
Start of his attendance at the evenings at Sergej Diaghilews discussing contemporary works.
Acquaintance with Strawinsky on one of the evenings of contemporary music.
Meets Debussy on one of the evenings for contemporary music.
Emigration from Russia through Siberia to Japan and then to America
Premiere of the opera The love to the three oranges in Chicago
Temporary residence in Ettal (Upper bavaria)
Acquaintance with Barrere on a trip to New York, which probably led to the later composition of the sonata
Tour to Russia
Return to Russia
Premier of the Sonata for flute and piano in Moscow, played by Nikolai Charkowski
Composed works commissioned by the regime and got the price of Stalin
Dies in Moskau

Sheet music for flute:

Peter and the Bird (Bearbeitung)
edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(flute, piano)
B.V. Muziekuitgeverij XYZ, XYZ 1186
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Andantino - Allegro - Andantino - Moderato

Peter und der Wolf op. 67
edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn)
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Andantino - Moderato - Allegro, ma non troppo - Moderato - Andante - Allegro
Parts and score, additionally the spoken text, once in Russian (cyrillic notation), a German translation by the editor, Mr. Ostermeyer, and a version by the German comedian Loriot.

Sonate für Flöte und Klavier op. 94 (D-Dur)
edition on notenbuch.deCD-Aufnahmen bei jpc.deMP3-Download bei
(flute, piano)
Rating: difficult
  1. Moderato
  2. Scherzo (Presto)
  3. Andante
  4. Allegro con brio
Very nice but awfully difficult.
Written for the committee of artistic matters of the USSR in 1942. It was inspired by the flutist Barrère.

CDs with/from Sergej Prokofjew

Banff Centre Residents, Sofia Bugayan, Julia Ito, Krzysztof Kaczka, Orchestre de Chambre Henri Bonamy, Ingo Quast, Perry Schack, Eugene Skeef
    André Jolivet: Concerto pour flute et orchestre à cordes:
  1. Andante cantabile, Allegro scherzando (06:29:00)
  2. Largo. Allegro risoluto (06:58:00)
  3. Tadeusz Szeligowski: Sonata for flute and piano:
  4. Allegro moderato (04:49:00)
  5. Andante cantabile (03:23:00)
  6. Allegro con brio (02:12:00)
  7. Molto vivace (03:55:00)
  8. Sergej Prokofjew: Sonata for flute and piano Op. 94:
  9. Moderato (05:58:00)
  10. Scherzo (04:48:00)
  11. Andante (03:11:00)
  12. Allegro con brio (06:10:00)
  13. Henri Dutilleux: Sonatina for flute and piano (08:43:00)
  14. Cristobal Halffter: Debla for flute alone (09:35:00)
  15. Antonio Vivaldi: Siciliano from Sonata in G minor Op. 13 No. 6 (01:23:00)
  16. Leonardo de Lorenzo: Capriccio XVII "Sogno futuristico" dal "Non plus ultra del flautista" op. 34 per flauto solo (04:38:00)
  17. Eugene Skeef: African Renaissance (04:18:00)
  18. Johann Sebastian Bach: Preludio BWV 997 (03:23:00)

Literature von/über Sergej Prokofjew

Last edit 22.03.2014