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Diaries 1907 1914: Prodigious Youth

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Sergey Prokofiev, a compulsive diarist and gifted and idiosyncratic writer, possessed an incorrigibly sardonic curiosity about individuals and events. When he left Russia after the 1917 Revolution, his diaries were recovered from the family flat in Petrograd and later hidden at considerable personal risk by the composer Nikolai Myaskovsky. Prokofiev himself smuggled them o ...more
Hardcover, 800 pages
Published December 8th 2006 by Cornell University Press (first published December 1st 2006)
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David
Nov 02, 2007 David added it
Shelves: memoirs
This was book was disappointing because the composer is not nearly as interesting as one might think after hearing his music. His own writings prove he is more a product of his wealthy upbringing and less a product of self-expression.

He was brought up going to a music conservatory and his parents were land owners in Russia at the turn of the 19th to 20th century. He was insolated in classical music training because his parents could afford it, meanwhile the workers on the land they managed star
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Cliff Tan sc
Aug 04, 2014 Cliff Tan sc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rather subjective insight on one of the most innovative composer. Most classical pianists like myself would be super curious about the composer's personality and beginnings as a student at the moscow conservatory of music. If you do not like the composer's art, i doubt that you would appreciate this book. Some might say that the genius of prokofiev had little to do with this particular book(the 1st of the 3) but i beg to differ. Though he had a very smooth sailing journey as a piano student an ...more
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Aug 10, 2008 Joseph Dangerfield rated it really liked it
A very descriptive, if sometimes overly verbose, text. Gives a vivid depiction of Prokofiev's life, as well as his surroundings and the people with whom he interacted.
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