Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Interview: Simon Morrison

The third of our video interviews reflecting on American musicology features Simon Morrison, the noted Prokofiev specialist, reflecting on his recent work in Russia toward a history of the Bolshoi. He is interviewed by Peter Schmelz.

  • 00:20 working in Moscow and St. Petersburg archives
  • 04:30 the Bolshoi project and local reaction to it
  • 07:00 the true story of Feodor Feodorovich Feodorovsky 
  • 12:40 being managed
  • 14:45 local reaction to chapter 1
  • 16:45 the Lina Prokofiev book in Russian
  • 17:30 Donetsk: Prokofiev and the Ukraine
  • 23:15 Tchaikovsky's sexuality; American “perversion” of the story
  • 26:00  Repatriating Rachmaninov

Simon Morrison is professor of music at Princeton University. His most recent book is Lina and Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev (London: Random House, 2013; author Q&A HERE). Emperor Putin's War on the Truth” appeared in the New York Times on 2 October 2014.

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