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Morrison, Simon Alexander 1964-

Overview
Works: 58 works in 171 publications in 3 languages and 7,008 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Biography  Academic theses  Filmed ballets  Nonfiction films  Bibliography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Interviewee
Classifications: ML410.P865, B
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Most widely held works about Simon Alexander Morrison
 
Most widely held works by Simon Alexander Morrison
Russian opera and the symbolist movement by Simon Alexander Morrison( )

14 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The people's artist : Prokofiev's Soviet years by Simon Alexander Morrison( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a detailed chronicle of Prokofiev's career from 1932 to 1953, based on exclusive and extensive research conducted at several Russian archives. The book examines Prokofiev's decision to relocate to Stalin's Russia in 1936 and the composer's aesthetic and spiritual views
Funeral games in honor of Arthur Vincent Lourié by Klára Móricz( )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title explores the varied aesthetic impulses and ever-evolving personal motivations of Russian composer Arthur Lourié. A St Petersburg native allied with the Futurist movement and profoundly sympathetic to Silver Age decadence, Lourié was swept away by the Revolution; he surfaced as a Communist commissar of music before landing in Europe and America, where his career foundered. Making his way by serving others, he became Stravinsky's right-hand man
Sergey Prokofiev and his world by Simon Alexander Morrison( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in English and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953), arguably the most popular composer of the twentieth century, led a life of triumph and tragedy. The story of his prodigious childhood in tsarist Russia, maturation in the West, and rise and fall as a Stalinist-era composer is filled with unresolved questions. Sergey Prokofiev and His Worldprobes beneath the surface of his career and contextualizes his contributions to music on both sides of the nascent Cold War divide. The book contains previously unknown documents from the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art in Moscow and the Prokofiev Estate in Paris. The literary notebook of the composer's mother, Mariya Grigoryevna, illuminates her involvement in his education and is translated in full, as are ninety-eight letters between the composer and his business partner, Levon Atovmyan. The collection also includes a translation of Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's unperformed stage adaptation ofEugene Onegin, for which Prokofiev composed incidental music in 1936. The essays in the book range in focus from musical sketches to Kremlin decrees. The contributors explore Prokofiev's time in America; evaluate his working methods in the mid-1930s; document the creation of his score for the filmLieutenant Kizhe; tackle how and why Prokofiev rewrote his 1930 Fourth Symphony in 1947; detail his immortalization by Soviet bureaucrats, composers, and scholars; and examine Prokofiev's interest in Christian Science and the paths it opened for his music. The contributors are Mark Aranovsky, Kevin Bartig, Elizabeth Bergman, Leon Botstein, Pamela Davidson, Caryl Emerson, Marina Frolova-Walker, Nelly Kravetz, Leonid Maximenkov, Stephen Press, and Peter Schmelz
Bolshoi confidential : secrets of the Russian ballet from the rule of the tsars to today by Simon Alexander Morrison( Book )

28 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the Bolshoi Ballet from its dubious beginnings in 1776 to the present, exploring its political ties and importance under various Russian regimes and how it came to define both Russian culture and ballet itself
Lina and Serge : the love and wars of Lina Prokofiev by Simon Alexander Morrison( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of Lina Prokofiev, who followed her composer husband to Stalinist Russia, only to be left for another woman and incarcerated for eight years
Russian opera and the Symbolist movement by Simon Alexander Morrison( )

5 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Acclaimed for treading new ground in operatic studies of the period, Simon Morrison's influential and now-classic text explores music and the occult during the Russian Symbolist movement. Including previously unavailable archival materials about Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, this wholly revised edition is both up to date and revelatory. Topics range from decadence to pantheism, musical devilry to narcotic-infused evocations of heaven, the influence of Wagner, and the significance of contemporaneous Russian literature. Symbolism tested boundaries and reached for extremes so as to imagine art uniting people, facilitating communion with nature, and ultimately transcending reality. Within this framework, Morrison examines four lesser-known works by canonical composers--Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Alexander Scriabin, and Sergey Prokofiev--and in this new edition also considers Alexandre Gretchaninoff's Sister Beatrice and Alexander Kastalsky's Klara Milich, while also making the case for reviving Vladimir Rebikov's The Christmas Tree"--Provided by publisher
The love and wars of Lina Prokofiev : the story of Lina and Serge Prokofiev by Simon Alexander Morrison( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in Madrid to a Ukrainian soprano and a Spanish tenor, Lina Prokofiev was studying music in New York when she met the young pianist and composer Serge Prokofiev. Although her mother warned her against him, they embarked on a scandalously public relationship before being enticed back to the Soviet Union in 1936. Unfolding with the intrigue of a spy novel, 'The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev' traces this largely untold story, from the moment Lina fell in love with a rising star to her experiences in the Gulag
Bolshoi confidential : secrets of the Russian ballet from the rule of the tsars to today by Simon Alexander Morrison( Recording )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On January 17, 2013, a hooded assailant hurled acid into the face of the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, making international headlines. A lead soloist, enraged by institutional power struggles, later confessed to masterminding the crime. The scandal, though shocking, is not an anomaly in the turbulent and tormented yet magnificent history of the Bolshoi. Renowned music historian Simon Morrison reveals the ballet as a crucible of art and politics, beginning with the disreputable inception of the theater in 1776 and proceeding through the era of imperial rule, the chaos of revolution, the oppressive Soviet years, and the recent $680 million renovation project. Drawing on exclusive archival research, Morrison creates a richly detailed tableau of the centuries-long war between world-class art and life-threatening politics that has defined this storied institution. As Morrison makes clear, as Russia goes, so goes the Bolshoi Ballet
Dancefloor-driven literature : the rave scene in fiction by Simon Alexander Morrison( )

4 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Considers club culture via the prism of the fictions written about the subculture - interrogating why, and how, authors write about electronic music as text"--
Discombobulated : dispatches from the wrong side by Simon Alexander Morrison( )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prokofiev : the Soviet years by Simon Alexander Morrison( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a detailed chronicle of Prokofiev's career from 1932 to 1953, based on exclusive and extensive research conducted at several Russian archives. The book examines Prokofiev's decision to relocate to Stalin's Russia in 1936 and the composer's aesthetic and spiritual views
Lina i Sergeĭ Prokofiev by Simon Alexander Morrison( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in Russian and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of Lina Prokofiev, who followed her composer husband to Stalinist Russia, only to be left for another woman and incarcerated for eight years
Bolchoï confidentiel by Simon Alexander Morrison( Book )

3 editions published in 2019 in French and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le pas d'acier 1925( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A source-based recreation of Serge Prokofiev and Georgi Yakoulov's 1925 machine age ballet. Originally choreographed by Léonide Massine, the choreography and staging is here by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer, with set designs by Lesley-Anne Sayers after Yakoulov. The ballet is performed by students of the Princeton University Program in Theatre and Dance, with the score performed by the Princeton University Orchestra under Michael Pratt. Includes a complete performance of the ballet and a documentary about its reconstruction. Disc 1 includes a feature on Prokofiev's ballet collaborations with Diaghilev and various designers, including Chout, Trapeze and Prodigal son; the commentators discuss the influence of scenic designers on the creation of ballets in the 1920s. This feature also includes a performance of Prokofiev's Musical Interlude, composed originally for quintet and here orchestrated by Samuel Becker. Another feature focuses on the re-sourcing of the choreography. In interviews conducted by Lesley-Anne Sayers, Hodson and Archer discuss their earlier reconstruction projects on the ballets Rite of spring, Skating rink and La chatte. In addition, as documents readable by computer, there is a bibliography, an essay by Professor Sean Sayers on the philosophical background to the ballet, and a biography of Yakoulov
Russian opera and symbolist poetics by Simon Alexander Morrison( )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lina i Sergeĭ Prokofʹevy : istorii︠a︡ li︠u︡bvi by Simon Alexander Morrison( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in Russian and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 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 again. www.hmhbooks.com/linaandserge"--
Lina Prokofiev : the Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev by Simon Alexander Morrison( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sergey Prokofiev by Simon Alexander Morrison( )

in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sergei Prokofiev's Semyon Kotko as a representative example of socialist realism by Simon Alexander Morrison( )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This essay examines the extent to which Semyon Kotko can be considered a conformist opera. Part One is a survey of Socialist Realism and its manifestation in Soviet literature and music during the 1930's; Parts Two and Three examine the text and music of Semyon Kotko as representative of the doctrine. Consideration is given throughout the study to the opposing influences of Kataev and Meyerhold on Prokofiev, and to the political events surrounding the opera's composition."--
 
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Russian opera and the symbolist movement
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The people's artist : Prokofiev's Soviet yearsSergey Prokofiev and his worldDiscombobulated : dispatches from the wrong sideProkofiev : the Soviet years
Alternative Names
Morrison, Simon.

Morrison Simon 1964-....

orrison, Alexander

Simon Morrison historiador de la música estauxunidense

Simon Morrison Music historian

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English (124)

Russian (3)

French (3)