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Composing for the Red Screen: Prokofiev and Soviet Film

Kevin Bartig


Sound film captivated Sergey Prokofiev during the final two decades of his life: he considered composing for nearly two dozen pictures, eventually undertaking eight of them, all Soviet productions. Hollywood luminaries such as Gloria Swanson tempted him with commissions, and arguably more people heard his film music than his efforts in all other genres combined. Films for which Prokofiev composed, in particular those of Sergey Eisenstein, are now classics of world cinema. Drawing on newly available sources, Composing for the Red Screen examines—for the first time—the full extent of this prodig ... More

Keywords: Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Eisenstein, sound film, film music, mass music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199967599
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967599.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Bartig, author
Michigan State University