A Love For Two Continents

The story of Prokofiev's relationship with America has at its centre a prodigiously talented musician, bold enough to gamble every last cent (and more) on his artistic success in a foreign continent: a truculent and even rude personality who found himself at odds with an alien culture; and a man who never fully resolved the dilemma of where to make his home.

Prokofiev's bittersweet love affair with the land of capitalism is one of the least familiar episodes in the life of one of the twentieth century's greatest composers.

Gerard McBurney visits America in search of Prokofiev's tours there and visits the venues in New York, Washington and Chicago where Prokofiev's music left an indelible impression.

And Simon Callow reads extracts from Prokofiev's fascinating newly-published diaries of his American travels.

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The story of Prokofiev's relationship with America has at its centre a prodigiously talented musician, bold enough to gamble every last cent (and more) on his artistic success in a foreign continent: a truculent and even rude personality who found himself at odds with an alien culture; and a man who never fully resolved the dilemma of where to make his home.

Prokofiev's bittersweet love affair with the land of capitalism is one of the least familiar episodes in the life of one of the twentieth century's greatest composers.

Gerard McBurney visits America in search of Prokofiev's tours there and visits the venues in New York, Washington and Chicago where Prokofiev's music left an indelible impression.

And Simon Callow reads extracts from Prokofiev's fascinating newly-published diaries of his American travels.