By Kevin Bartig
Sound movie captivated Sergey Prokofiev through the ultimate 20 years of his lifestyles: he thought of composing for almost dozen photos, finally venture 8 of them, all Soviet productions. Hollywood luminaries akin to Gloria Swanson tempted him with commissions, and arguably extra humans heard his movie track than his efforts in all different genres mixed. motion pictures for which Prokofiev composed, particularly these of Sergey Eisenstein, at the moment are classics of global cinema. Drawing on newly to be had assets, Composing for the pink Screen examines - for the 1st time - the entire quantity of this prodigious cinematic profession.
Author Kevin Bartig examines how Prokofiev's movie song derived from a self-imposed problem: to compose "serious" track for a wide viewers. the image that emerges is of a composer looking someone film-music voice, shunning Hollywood versions and objecting to his Soviet colleagues' ideologically expedient movie songs. taking a look at Prokofiev's movie tune as an entire - with recognized blockbusters like Alexander Nevsky thought of along extra vague or aborted tasks - finds that there have been a number of strategies to the problem, each one with various levels of good fortune. Prokofiev conscientiously balanced his personal populist schedule, the perceived aesthetic calls for of the movies themselves, and, afterward, Soviet bureaucratic calls for for accessibility.
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4 Its celebratory mood was also perhaps the most paradoxical, given contemporaneous political repression, show trials, material deprivations, and the not-so-distant memories of agricultural collectivization and famine. 5 The 1937 Pushkin Jubilee recalled a rich cultural heritage that ideologues hoped would bolster patriotism among Soviet citizens. Preparations were already under way when Prokofiev moved his household from Paris to Moscow in early 1936. The reasons behind the composer’s relocation have been, as noted, the subject of much debate, though Prokofiev unquestionably sought to quell homesickness and to find new, more appreciative audiences 36 The Queen of Spades, the 1937 Pushkin Jubilee, and R epatriation 37 for his music.
The persistent rat-a-tatting (all but absent in the familiar Lieutenant Kizhe Suite) at times imbues the period setting with bellicose splendor, at other times renders it surreal. ”68 The entire score’s stylistic break with Romantic symphonic convention, its sparse texture, and its terseness did not strike the Belgoskino administration as particularly significant; their attention remained on the original screenplay, specifically Tïnyanov’s strangely incongruous attention to period setting and language.
36 Prokofiev began actively participating in the filmmaking process in late May, when he arrived for the five-day residency Belgoskino had arranged. 3. Percussion cue from the manuscript score of Lieutenant Kizhe (RGALI f. 1, yed. khr. 92, l. 9, Courtesy of Serge Prokofiev Estate) shuttled him around the city in a hired car). ” Fayntsimmer encouraged Prokofiev to sing the song himself while Yanshin mouthed the words, but the composer found that having a his voice put down on tape was unsettling, the spotlights’ rays again distracting him.