Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) and Department of Music, in conjunction with the Serge Prokofiev Foundation, will present a recital of popular and rare works by Prokofiev at the Italian Academy (Casa Italiana) at Columbia on April 24, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. This special one-night-only performance, for which members of the Prokofiev family will be present, celebrates RBML’s receiving the Prokofiev Archive. Pianists Sergei Dreznin and Barbara Nissman will be joined by soprano Erika Baikoff for performances of popular works including The Ugly Duckling and Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82, as well as several rare works to be selected from the Archive.
“The Prokofiev family is pleased to celebrate the relocation of the Prokofiev Archive to Columbia University in New York City, where my grandparents first met some hundred years ago, and where his music has always been greeted so warmly by the music-loving public,” said Serge Prokofieff, Jr., the composer’s grandson.
The Serge Prokofiev Foundation was founded in 1983 by Lina Prokofiev, his first wife, with the objective of furthering the knowledge and appreciation of Prokofiev’s life and works. In addition to overseeing the preservation of and access to the composer’s personal archives, the Foundation publishes the scholarly journal Three Oranges, and is in the process of developing a new critical edition of the composer’s works with Bärenreiter, among other digital projects.
“The works featured in the evening’s recital—some heard for the first time in many decades—remind us of the many facets of Prokofiev’s life and work that await discovery,” said Simon Morrison, the foundation’s president and professor of musicology at Princeton University. “Such discoveries will be considerably facilitated by the new consolidation of the composer’s archives at Columbia.”
The concert is free and open to the public. Simon Morrison will deliver pre-recital remarks at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please visit https://library.columbia.edu/locations/rbml/exhibitions/current.html.
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