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29.05.2018 Looking back on 100 Years Since the Famous Russian Composer Sergei Prokofiev Visited the Far East of Russia

100 years passed, since, in May 1918, the famous Russian composer, pianist and conductor, Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953), visited Khabarovsk and Vladivostok on his way to Japan and then to America.

November 7, 1917 armed insurrection in Petrograd led by the Bolsheviks and Vladimir Lenin caused the establishment of Soviet Government, consisting of Workers', Soldiers', and Peasants' Councils.  As the revolution was not universally recognized, there followed the struggles of the Russian Civil War and the Allied intervention from England, America and France, supporting the anti-communist White forces. At the same time more than 2 million people left Russia for other countries. Sergei Prokofiev was one of these people. He planned immigrating to America, so on May 7 he departed from Moscow by Trans-Siberian railway  and came first to Khabarovsk (May 22 - 24) and then to Vladivostok (May 26-28). May 31, Prokofiev reached Japan. During his stay, he visited such Japanese cities as Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Karuizawa and Hakone. Prokofiev was the first European composer to visit Japan at that time. 1918 – 1932, Prokofiev continued his work as a composer in America and Paris. 1933, he returned to Russia.

Among his world famous works are operas “The Gambler”, “The Love for Three Oranges”, “War and Peace”, ballets “Cinderella”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Tale of the Stone Flower”, symphonic suites “Egyptian Nights”, “Boris Godunov” and “Eugene Onegin”.

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