Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)


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Throughout the week Donald Macleod explores Prokofiev's life and music during his time as an emigre in Europe in the 1920s, and considering his return to Russia. Today, he looks at Prokofiev's debut in Paris, and the importance of his links with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes as he was trying to establish himself.


Donald Macleod looks at an unstable period in Prokofiev's life in the early 1920s. After basing himself near the monastery in Ettal, Germany, to work on his new opera, 'The Fiery Angel', he then got married and moved to Paris, where he would change address every year for the next decade. He also fell out with Stravinsky, in whose shadow he always worked in his time as an emigre in Europe.

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Donald Macleod looks at the response of the artistic community in Paris to performances of Prokofiev's works and his search, with the conductor Koussevitsky's help, for a 'hit'.

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In 1927 Prokofiev was invited to undertake a two-month concert tour in Russia. It was the first time he'd visited the country of his birth for a decade, and it turned out to be a triumphant homecoming. With Donald Macleod

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Donald Macleod looks at the reasons behind Prokofiev's decision to return to Russia in the early 1930s. He was permitted to take European and American tours up to 1938, but then he was trapped, and would never leave again.