Re-Understanding Prokofiev

Fifty years after Prokofiev’s death, his operas are taking on different meanings from when they were first created. “Perhaps the art of Soviet Russia will come to resemble the art of revolutionary France. For a while, for decades after the Terror, there were paintings of David’s that caused such horror that they could scarcely be shown – for David was notorious as a supporter of terror. But then that part of their meaning drained away. For 50 years Prokofiev wrote operas. In the 50 years since his death, these works have begun to make their way. It’s the slowness of the process that’s impressive -the slowness and, to be sure, the sureness too.”