FROM THE ARCHIVE:
First published (NoŽlle Mann)
Graphological report, 1931
“I don’t believe in the Church” (Serge Prokofiev)
Prokofiev and the Princesse de Polignac
FEATURE: Egyptian Nights
Egyptian Nights: in search of the “new simplicity”
(Ludmilla Petchenina and Gťrard Abensour)
Prokofiev and Tairov on "Egyptian Nights"
Meeting Tairov (NoŽlle Mann)
2003 publications (CDs, Books and DVDs)
Rotterdam Prokofiev Festival
It is no news that Prokofiev the man remains puzzling to most commentators and writers. Yet this multi-faceted artist is being progressively revealed thanks to recent publications, in particular the 1907-1933 Diary (frustratingly still only available in Russian), and on-going research. In this spirit I have included two documents in translation, first published here, which open up Prokofiev’s intimate thoughts and attitudes.
In the November 2003 issue Stephen Press captured Prokofiev’s arrival in the USA. A fascinating article on the Princesse de Polignac now pictures him as he arrives in Paris in the spring of 1920 and makes his way into the French salons’ wealthy society in search of commissions and performance opportunities.
In great contrast, a study of Egyptian Nights, an experimental play by Alexander Tairov, Director of the famous Moscow Chamber Theatre, brings to the fore little known and significant facts. If this partnership did not result in fame for either artist (unlike the famous Eisenstein – Prokofiev association), it nevertheless turned out to be most influential in shaping Prokofiev’s new artistic directions, in his search for a Soviet style.
We offer a retrospective view of Prokofiev 2003 with a listing of 2003 publications across the world – CDs, DVDs and books, compiled by the Prokofiev Archive.
Many readers have commented on the high quality and uniqueness of illustrations in past issues. We hope that this continues to meet their expectations.
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