Interrogating sources: Prokofiev, words and music
CFP deadline: August 31, 2020
Conference dates: December 11–12, 2020
Location: Metz, France
Prokofiev scholarship underwent a significant transformation in 2013 primarily through the consolidation of archival materials hosted at the Serge Prokofiev Archive at Columbia University. A first symposium to recognise this important moment was organized at Columbia University in April 2017. A partnership between Columbia and the University of Lorraine was instigated with a view to further developing and exploring these research materials and scholarship trends. Following on from a recent series of landmark publications on Prokofiev and his music (notably Morrison, Seinen, Asaro, Guillaumier, McAllister), this colloquium aims to continue its interrogation of primary sources and personal documents.
Prokofiev travelled extensively, lived in several countries, explored several continents, and interacted with an incredible number of his contemporaries – musicians, writers, chess players, publishers, poets, painters, journalists – the list is a long one. Prokofiev, himself very inspired by literature, left several autobiographical works but also little studied stories and short stories. Due to the unique nature of his geographical and artistic background, the question of the multiplicity of cultural, political and artistic contexts over which he may have had an influence or been influenced by, is particularly relevant since it has left a trace on the sources that have come to us today. The multiplicity of genres that Prokofiev worked with throughout his career, from chamber music to film music, from concert pieces to children’s stories, from operas to incidental music, from ballet to Romances, has generated an incredible number of diverse sources, preserved in multiple places. This symposium is intended to provide an interdisciplinary opportunity to deepen current research into these sources and to stimulate new perspectives.