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Canceled: Contextualizing Prokofiev: The Interwar Years and Their Legacy

General Programming

dateApril 23–24, 2020 location Butler Library, Room 523, Columbia University

This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to rescheduling at a later date. Please watch our newsletter announcements for updates on rescheduled events.

"Contextualizing Prokofiev: The Interwar Years and their Legacy" investigates the cultural, historical, and political contexts that defined composer Serge Prokofiev’s years in emigration (1918-1936), and their impact on his subsequent career and legacy. On Thursday April 23, music historian Richard Taruskin (UC Berkeley) will present a keynote talk “Prokofiev’s Problems– and Ours” where he will discuss the musical and personal implications of Prokofiev’s return to the Soviet Union in 1936.

On Friday April 24 there will be a day-long scholarly symposium featuring international musicology experts. Presentations will feature new research based on materials from Columbia’s Serge Prokofiev Archive. Speakers will include: Natalia Savkina (Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory), Christina Guillaumier (Royal College of Music, London), Inessa Bayazev (Louisiana State University), Rita McAllister (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). This symposium celebrates the completion of the cataloging of the Serge Prokofiev Archive at Columbia, a vast collection of nearly 20,000 items - including original manuscripts, correspondence, published material, audio-visual items, and photographs - related to the years that the famous Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) lived and worked in the United States and Europe.

Presented by Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library with sponsorship from the Harriman Institute, the Department of Music, and the Society of Fellows/Heyman Center for the Humanities. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Serge Prokofiev Foundation.

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