Sergey Prokofiev's They are seven : a mystical-primitivist cantata and its placement in the Russian cantata tradition
Dean, Terry Lynn
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Sergey Prokofiev’s They Are Seven remains one of the composer’s most enigmatic and neglected works. The work was strongly influenced by the creative aesthetic of the poet who supplied the text for the work, as well as Russian primitivism. This study attempts to reassess the significance of They Are Seven for Prokofiev’s compositional career through examining the symbiotic relationship between Prokofiev’s choice of medium and the primitivist aesthetic that governs the musical style of the work.