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Lina and Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev By Simon Morrison Lina and Serge The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev Serge Prokofiev was one of the twentieth century s most brilliant composers yet is an enigma to historians and his fans Why did he leave the West and move to the Soviet Union despite Stalin s crimes W
  • Title: Lina and Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev
  • Author: Simon Morrison
  • ISBN: 9780547391311
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lina and Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev By Simon Morrison Serge Prokofiev was one of the twentieth century s most brilliant composers yet is an enigma to historians and his fans Why did he leave the West and move to the Soviet Union despite Stalin s crimes Why did his astonishing creativity in the 1930s soon dissolve into a far less inspiring output in his later years The answers can finally be revealed, thanks to Simon MorrisSerge Prokofiev was one of the twentieth century s most brilliant composers yet is an enigma to historians and his fans Why did he leave the West and move to the Soviet Union despite Stalin s crimes Why did his astonishing creativity in the 1930s soon dissolve into a far less inspiring output in his later years The answers can finally be revealed, thanks to Simon Morrison s unique and unfettered access to the family s voluminous papers and his ability to reconstruct the tragic, riveting life of the composer s wife, Lina.Morrison s portrait of the marriage of Lina and Serge Prokofiev is the story of a remarkable woman who fought for survival in the face of unbearable betrayal and despair and of the irresistibly talented but heartlessly self absorbed musician she married Born to a Spanish father and Russian mother in Madrid at the end of the nineteenth century and raised in Brooklyn, Lina fell in love with a rising star composer and defied convention to be with him, courting public censure She devoted her life to Serge and to art, training to be an operatic soprano and following her brilliant husband to Stalin s Russia Just as Serge found initial acclaim before becoming constricted by the harsh doctrine of socialist realist music Lina was at first accepted and later scorned, ending her singing career Serge abandoned her and took up with another woman Finally, Lina was arrested and shipped off to the gulag in 1948 She would be held in captivity for eight awful years Meanwhile, Serge found himself the tool of an evil regime to which he was forced to accommodate himself.The contrast between Lina and Serge is one of strength and perseverance versus utter self absorption, a remarkable human drama that draws on the forces of art, sacrifice, and the struggle against oppression Readers will never forget the tragic drama of Lina s life, and never listen to Serge s music in quite the same way againhbooks linaandserge
    Lina and Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev By Simon Morrison Lina and Serge The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev In Lina and Serge Princeton musicologist Simon Morrison, best known for his biography, The People s Artist Prokofiev s Soviet Years, creates a fascinating portrait of the self absorbed couple Lina s dramatic story, new to Western readers, reveals Prokofiev beyond his Lina and Serge The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev by Jan , Lina and Serge is a sympathetic, moving and sensitive portrait of the great composer s long suffering wife It is an incredibly sad story, A beautiful and ambitious opera singer who spoke five languages, Lina Prokofiev had a Spanish and Russian heritage, and she was brought up in Brooklyn. Lina Serge The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev by Simon Mar , In Lina and Serge Princeton musicologist Simon Morrison, best known for his biography, The People s Artist Prokofiev s Soviet Years, creates a fascinating portrait of the self absorbed couple Lina s dramatic story, new to Western readers, reveals Prokofiev beyond his famously unsentimental exterior. Lina and Serge The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev Lina and Serge The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev HMH Lina and Serge The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev Serge Prokofiev was one of the twentieth century s most brilliant composers yet is an enigma to historians and his fans Why did he leave the West and move to the Soviet Union despite Stalin s crimes LINA AND SERGE by Simon Morrison Kirkus Reviews An authority on the life and works of Serge Prokofiev charts the sad biographical arc of his wife, Lina, who spent some devastating years in the Soviet gulag Born in Madrid in , Lina was talented. Lina and Serge The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev Just as Serge found initial acclaim before becoming constricted by the harsh doctrine of socialist realist music Lina was at first accepted and later scorned, ending her singing career Serge abandoned her and took up with another woman Finally, Lina was arrested and shipped off to the gulag in . Lina and Serge The New Yorker In , the composer Serge Prokofiev and his wife, Lina, left Paris for the Soviet Union Serge had been lured by the prospect of artistic freedom Lina, an aspiring soprano and socialite, by Lina and Serge by Simon Morrison OverDrive Rakuten Just as Serge found initial acclaim before becoming constricted by the harsh doctrine of socialist realist music Lina was at first accepted and later scorned, ending her singing career Serge abandoned her and took up with another woman Finally, Lina was arrested and shipped off to the gulag in . Lina and Serge by Simon Morrison The Boston Globe In Lina and Serge Princeton musicologist Simon Morrison, best known for his biography, The People s Artist Prokofiev s Soviet Years, creates a fascinating portrait of the self absorbed
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    1. Simon Morrison

      Simon Morrison is Professor of Music History at Princeton, where he earned his PhD in musicology A leading authority on composer Serge Prokofiev, he is the author of The People s Artist, along with numerous scholarly articles, and features for the New York Times In 2011, Morrison was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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    1. BBC Blurb Simon Morrison s new biography of Lina Prokofiev tells the story of the remarkable woman who married the brilliant composer Serge Prokofiev Today, music and romance.Lina Prokofiev s compelling story unfolds with the intrigue of a spy novel Serge Prokofiev s glamorous wife fell madly in love with the brilliant composer while she was working as a secretary in Brooklyn where she lived with her Russian emigre parents She soon followed him to Paris where his star continued to rise, and wher [...]



    2. Lina and Serge is a sympathetic, moving and sensitive portrait of the great composer s long suffering wife It is an incredibly sad story, A beautiful and ambitious opera singer who spoke five languages, Lina Prokofiev had a Spanish and Russian heritage, and she was brought up in Brooklyn While working for cultured Russians, she met the brilliant composer They had a troubled and distant relationship, and Serge, who was also a bit of a womaniser, didn t want to get married However, they married wh [...]


    3. Glad I stuck with it because it came to life once the Prokofiev s had moved to Moscow But up until then I found the excess of detail dragged the story E.g not only were we told which car Prokofiev bought, but which cars he CONSIDERED buying It felt like we ve DONE this research and, by God, you re going to read it Did we really need to know full lists of people met on tour to Chicago in the 1920s Of the train times Of everything played at various concerts, whether or not by Prokofiev The other t [...]


    4. Where in the world did the author get the vast day by day almost hour by hour detail to write this book The first 100 pages are excruciatingly boring He failed to bring Lina or Serge to life any than any other average person at that time Probably because they are simply average people one of whom happens to have an incredible talent The remainder of the book is better but not great.


    5. Weak writing but an interesting story Prokofiev left his wife for someone roughly half his age, a 23 year old His wife ended up in the Gulag for eight yearshadn t known this before.


    6. What a waste of a good subject Quite an achievement to make such extraordinary people and lives feel so tedious and boring.


    7. This was a great read As the author notes in his introduction This book chronicles a totalitarian nightmare but begins with a young woman s dreams Thus begins such a tale of human defiance in the face of adversity that one wonders why she ever persevered And again it is the story of so many shattered dreams in a country that could have achieved so much for it s citizens And it is also a story of love and betrayal, of glory and reflection, and struggle, hope, and despair It is one of those books [...]


    8. This is a kind of joint biography, tracing the intertwining lives of Sergei Prokofiev and his first wife, Lina, and how they each met a horrible fate in the Soviet Union under Stalin Lina s life is diverse and extraordinary, and only the presence of a great artist like Prokofiev could have submerged it and made it almost lost to history Morrison is an expert on Prokofiev, so he s exhaustively researched this couple and the cultural forces that brought these two worldly expats to contemplate retu [...]


    9. The soprano Lina Prokofiev died on January 3,1989,aged 91 No recordings of her singing are know to have survived From Lina Serge the love and wars of Lina Prokofiev By Simon Morrison Well I just finished this book and wow, I knew a Lil about her husband, but I never thought the book would be like this She was a talented well loved girl, I feel sorry her life turned out like this She had to fight for everything it seems She kept a great attitude over her years of early marriage, to her 8 painfull [...]


    10. I was delighted to receive this book thru GoodReads Giveaways This book is Well Written and you can tell the result of extensive reseach with lots of details of a tragic story of a talented woman raised in Brooklyn who became the lover and then the wife of one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, Sergei Prokofiev, and paid a huge price.I would highly recommend this book.


    11. The music of the 20th century the lights of Paris in the 20s, Milan and the carnivale in the 30s, the despair of the gulag in the 40s A beautiful biography.



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