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Sergey Prokofiev Diaries 1924-1933: Prodigal Son Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571234054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571234059
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the third and final volume of these enthralling diaries...For most of these ten years Prokofiev was based in Paris ... running like a dark thread is the pull back to Russia, in spite of all he learns of the horrors of life under Stalin.The magnificently translated text itself and Phillips' staggeringly thorough and erudite contribution in the footnotes offer an invaluable broader picture of the time. --Classical Music, December 2012

This is the third volume of what must surely be the most prolific and vividly written of composers' diaries. ..The year 1933, alas, marks the end of translator Anthony Phillips's detailed odyssey, complete with its hallmark footnotes (on everything from marginal characters to cars), magnificent index and luxurious Faber presentation. --BBC Music Magazine, December 2012

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Sergey Prokofiev Diaries 1924-1933: Prodigal Son is the final volume in the critically-acclaimed Prokofiev Diaries.

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This volume is indeed as remarkable as the two previous ones (though volume one, when Prokofiev was the full-of-himself, staggeringly energetic and gifted enfant terrible, is probably the most purely entertaining) - humanly fascinating, musically fascinating, historically fascinating: and, as every reviewer has pointed out, a remarkable feat of translation and annotation (attempts at humour in footnotes are often just plain annoying but these are often deliciously sly). However, it seems that nowadays no one at Faber reads Faber books, since this volume is littered with the most appalling typesetting errors, many of which turn understanding whole sentences feats of high-level code-breaking. I happened to read the first two volumes in the American edition and don't remember a single misprint. In the Faber version of volume 3,misprints run into hundreds. As a piece of publishing, it's little short of a disgrace. Old Possum must be spinning in his grave.
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A worthy successor to the first two volumes, this final part of Prokofiev's diary trilogy continues to delight with its succinct reports of encounters with people, events, and places in the international world of arts in the twenties and thirties, brilliantly translated and generously annotated by Anthony Phillips. Next to detailed accounts of Prokofiev's daily routine, concert tours, and dealings with Diaghilev, Koussevitzky and Stravinsky, among others, we also learn of the creative process of this now fully matured composer. Inspired by the teachings of Christian Science, Prokofiev moves away from his earlier, darker style to a more transparent, simple and melodious idiom, which he assumed would match well with the kind of mass music desired by the Soviet authorities. Prokofiev's ultimate decision to return to the Soviet Union looms large over this volume, especially in the very detailed account of his highly successful first return visit in 1927, where the reunion with friends and places familiar from volume 1 makes for uncommonly moving reading. As is well known, Prokofiev's diaries end with his return, but from here one could make a seamless transition to Simon Morrison's The People's Artist: Prokofiev's Soviet Years.

A note on the typos: there are indeed a couple, and this is surprising given the immaculate presentation of the first two volumes. But they are very minor, and even if there are more than 100, which I doubt, we have to bear in mind that this part is well over 1100 densely printed pages, still making up a gorgeous volume.
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This, the third of Anthony Phillips marvellously researched, translated and assembled volumes of Prokofiev's letters is as fascinating and enjoyable as the first two and will be invaluable both to musicians and scholars.
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I was so pleased with my purchase, thar I ordered the other two volums! Great stuff! A must for music lovers!
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