“My Second Son”: The Collaboration of Sergei Prokofiev and Sergei Diaghilev

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Abstract

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) and Sergei Diaghilev collaborated on three ballets (Chout, Pas d’Acier, Prodigal Son) for the Ballets Russes, and maintained a crucial personal and artistic relationship for fifteen years during a formative period in Prokofiev’s artistic life. This article traces their collaboration on the three ballets, and the production history of each.

“My Second Son”: The Collaboration of Sergei Prokofiev and Sergei Diaghilev

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Nesta MacdonaldDiaghilev Observed by Critics in England and the United States 1911-1929 (Brooklyn: Dance Horizons/London: Dance Books1975) p. 309.

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Stephen D. PressProkofiev’s Ballets for Diaghilev (Aldershot, England/Burlington, VT: Ashgate2006) p. 10.

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Prokofiev to Boris Asafiev 28 August 1929in Sergei Prokofiev Selected Letters of Sergei Prokofiev trans. ed. and introd. Harlow Robinson (Boston: Northeastern University Press 1998) p. 114.

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Vernon DukePassport to Paris (Boston: Little, Brown1955) pp. 120-21.

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Prokofiev“Iunye gody,” in Leningradskaia konservatoriia v vospominaniiakh: 1862-1962ed. G. G. Tigranov (Leningrad: Gos. Muzykal’noe izd-vo 1962) p. 63.

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K. P.“Konchina S. P. Diagileva,” Poslednie novosti (Paris) 21 August 1929 in Sergei Diagilev i russkoe iskusstvo vol. 1 p. 259.

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ProkofievDnevnik p. 719. This appeared in the entry for August 1929.

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Sergei Prokofiev“Avtobiografiia,” in S. S. Prokof ’ev: Materialy dokumenty vospominaniiaed. S. I. Shlifstein (Moscow: Gos. Muzykal’noe izd-vo 1961) p. 151.

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PressProkofiev’s Ballets p. 125.

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Viacheslav Karatygin“O skifskoi siuite ‘Ala I Lolii,’ ” in S. S. Prokof ’ev: Materialyp. 303.

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Prokofiev“Avtobiografiia” pp. 151-52.

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PressProkofiev’s Ballets p. 272.

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Richard BuckleDiaghilev (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson1979) p. 486.

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PressProkofiev’s Ballets pp. 219-22.

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Prokofiev“Avtobiografiia” p. 175.

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BuckleDiaghilev p. 490.

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See MacdonaldDiaghilev Observed pp. 348-50 for press reaction to the ballet in London. The phrase “tempestuous reception” comes from the Daily Express 7 May 1927 (p. 348).

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BuckleDiaghilev p. 466.

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Bernard TaperBalanchine (New York: Times Books1984) p. 112.

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Prokofiev to Nikolai Miaskovsky 30 May 1929in Selected Letters p. 282.

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