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selections from Prokofiev’s score for the film Ivan the Terrible
I have posted her selected tracks from Sergei Prokofiev’s score for Sergei Eisenstein’s film Ivan the Terrible (Russian: Иван Грозный, Ivan Grozniy). The film was released in two parts in 1944 and 1958. Eisenstein died in 1948.
My cherished friend from New York, Bill Dalzell, who introduced me to Ivan the Terrible and many other great films, remarked that Ivan the Terrible — in which, as he would have said, pertaining to his comment, Prokofiev’s music was an important factor (in making what he said true) — is like a Russian Orthodox service: the music, the setting, the scenes (such as the one of Ivan’s coronation) . I think he would have said, especially the music.