that Prokofiev and Shostakovich were equally important; that if Shostakovich was Michelangelo, Prokofiev was Leonardo da Vinci.". Shortly after the ban, Lina was arrested. One of the abiding mysteries of Prokofiev's life is why he chose to return to Russia in 1935, after almost two decades in the west, just as the full horror of Stalin's rule was becoming apparent.
Prokofievs score, moreover, mimics the old subject matter and epic quality of the image track by relying on juxtaposition of thematic blocks, by imagining an assumed vernacular (a term Bartig borrows from Mark Slobin) of ancient Russian folk music and quasi-Catholic liturgical music, and. Kizhe bears the trademarks of his new mass style: lyricism, simplicity, and repetition (for the sake of memorability). She was not only a virtuoso but a Soviet society girl in the 1930s, and a regular at Stalin's New Year parties in the Kremlin; she went not because she liked him but because to refuse would be to invite death. Prokofiev wrote the cantata for more than 500 performers, including a military thesis on a homicide imdb band, an accordion ensemble, two choirs and batteries of drums and cymbals. The Moscow Eisenstein returned to was not the one he had left.