Prokofiev plays and talks about his music
Original upload date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT
Archive date: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 20:00:28 GMT
Rare footage of the composer Sergei Prokofiev playing his own music and being interviewed about the activities he was engaged with at the time. The Russian translates thus: Prokofiev is being asked:Show more
"Sergei Sergeevich, maybe you will tell our viewers about your work?" He replies: "Well, right now I am working on a symphonic suite of waltzes, which will include three waltzes from Cinderella, two waltzes from the War and Peace, and one waltz from the movie score "Lermontov." [The War and Peace] has just been brilliantly produced in Leningrad, where the composer Cheshko (?) made an especially noteworthy appearance as a tenor, giving a superb performance in the role of Pierre Bezukhoff. Besides this suite, I am working on a sonata for violin and piano [no.1 in f minor], upon completion of which I will resume work on the sixth symphony, which I had started last year. I have just completed three suites from the Cinderella ballet and I am now turning the score over to copyists for writing the parts, so that most likely the suites will already be performed at the beginning of the fall season."