College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Student Performances, Volume 2 Page: 15
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PROGRAM NOTES (cont'd)
Simultaneously a Russian Romantic traditionalist and a modernist, Sergey Prokofiev
(1891-1953) had a comfortable childhood and entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory
at the age of twelve. Like many artists, he left Russia after the Revolution; unlike
many, however, he decided to return, doing so nearly twenty years later just at
the time that socialist realism was taking hold. He maintained his compositional
individuality surprisingly well despite the artistic restrictions of the time and the great
care he had to take to conform. He retained a certain amount of freedom because
he did not join the Communist Party, hold a teaching post, or become involved in
cultural politics, allowing him to avoid the Soviet cultural policy until his works
were condemned in 1948. He died in 1953 on the same day as Stalin.
The Sonata in D Major Op. 94 exists in two versions as it was written in 1943 for
flute and piano and arranged for violin and piano in 1944 at the insistence of David
Oistrakh, Prokofiev's friend and a leading interpreter of his music. During World
War II Prokofiev's creative work was clearly divided into two categories: propaganda
music in relation to wartime events and chamber music such as this piece.
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