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Sergei Prokofiev.. Bio Prokofiev was born in 1891 in Sontsovka, Ukraine Became very good at piano and chess from an early age Lived in St. Petersburg,

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1 Sergei Prokofiev.

2 Bio Prokofiev was born in 1891 in Sontsovka, Ukraine Became very good at piano and chess from an early age Lived in St. Petersburg, Russia from Left Communist Russia in 1918 to seek a more open- minded music environment Experienced a successful touring Career in America Experienced little success after touring and headed to paris. Returned to Russia in 1936 Known for bad luck; the premier for his opera love for Three Oranges as cancelled due to death of the conductor, the premier for his opera Semyon Kotko was postponed due to the conductor being executed, and he suffered a concussion that effected his ability to compose right after the premier of his acclaimed 5 th symphony

3 Education Was inspired by hearing his mother practice the piano Composed his first piece at 5, an Indian Gallop in the lydian mode. Composed his first opera at 9 Studied composition under Reinhold Gliere Entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory at age 13 in 1904 Studied under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Finished education at St. Petersburg in 1914

4 Style Neo-Romantic/Neo-Classical Dissonant Mix of tonal and atonal elements Playful feel despite dissonances Marked by sharp contrasts between phrases Unstable, schizophrenic

5 Symphony No. 1 Classique – Vertical-Harmonic Characteristics Less dissonances than we should expect from Prokofiev Chords are used classically, with less use of sus. sixth, seventh, ninth chords etc. than would typically be seen of music of this era. (Many simple chords) Prokofiev, however, does use seventh and ninth chords in ways that classical composers wouldnt Harmonies do not stray from what would have been usable in the classical era (terniary)

6 Harmonic characteristics - Horizontal Frequent and rapid and modulations to unrelated keys; at rehearsal mark 1, for example, the piece modulates from D to C with no harmonic preparation (Unprepared modulation) Use of more traditional ionian and aeolian modes Use of hybrid modes; meas 50 of IV, Prokofiev uses C major chord and a Bb major chord successively (Video 10:53) creating an almost mixolydian feel. He then repeats this in the dominant key of g. Traditional use of tonic-dominant axis, which is characteristic of traditional music non-tonally-related chords juxtaposed against series of related chords Mix of classical cadences (authentic, plagal) with more modern ones (deceptive (especially common), unprepared cadences, parallel chords) The classical feel of the piece, from a harmonic perspective, is created through the use of diatonic aeolian and ionian melodies and frequent use of authentic cadences.


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