Sergey Prokofiev Diaries 19151922: Behind the Mask (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/5/1
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A second collection of journals by the celebrated Russian musician and composer records a period of intense artistic accomplishment against a backdrop of turbulent change, war, and revolution, as he details his escape across war-torn Russia to seek refuge in America, his difficult years in the U.S., his Paris years, and his work with the period's most acclaimed artists.
"Prokofiev had an extremely dry wit, which results in some fine, bitchy one-liners, from his disdain for Mahler's Seventh Symphony ('like kissing a stillborn child') to his fear of the futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky ('I always wonder: is he going to hit me, not for any particular reason, just because?') to his pride at being proclaimed 'best-dressed man in Chicago.' At his best he has a gift for the surprising phrase, the unexpected insight and the occasional laugh-out-loud bon mot. . . . This is an impressively edited work, with Anthony Phillips's footnotes, indexing and appendices all scrupulously detailed and informative."--Owen Hatherley, New Statesman, 1 May 2008
"Anthony Phillips rises to all the demands made by Prokofiev's lucid but delicately nuanced Russian. His translation is accurate almost without a lapse, his tone is consistently faithful to the original, and from time to time he pulls out something truly brilliant. . . . Dedicated professional that he was, Prokofiev still definitely 'had a life.' The amount of space devoted to his personal relationships and pastimes in the diaries as a whole equals that concerning music, and these subjects are approached with similar relish."--G. S. Smith, Times Literary Supplement, June 20, 2008
The personal diaries of Sergei Prokofiev, recently rescued from the State Archives in Moscow by Prokofiev's late son Svyatoslav, are fascinating, entertaining, vivid, witty, colorful and immensely informative reading.
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