Late April marks the birthdate of composer Sergei Prokofiev. We put it that way because in some biographies you'll see April 23rd listed as his birthday, while other sources say the 27th. HE told people it was the 23rd......but a birth certificate that surfaced after he died listed the 27th. Prokofiev is remembered for his work as a composer of diverse works from Symphonies and Piano Concertos to ballet ("Romeo and Juliet") and opera ("War and Peace"). And of course he also gave us the all-time family favorite "Peter and the Wolf" for narrator and orchestra. Many forget, or don't realize, that Prokofiev was more than just a composer. He was also an accomplished pianist and conductor.
Learn more about one of the greatest of the 20th Century composers by clicking on these links:
Wikipedia's Prokofiev article
The Serge(i) Prokofiev Foundation, begun by Prokofiev's first wife, Lina
The International Prokofiev Competition website, from Russia (English page)
AND FOR THE KIDS......of all ages..............
Here's a performance of "Peter and the Wolf" that should leave a smile. It's the Boston Symphony Youth Orchestra, a very very unusual narrator and a hall filled with children and their parents. Enjoy!
by Scott Hooper