Immediately following his repatriation in 1936, Prokofiev composed a film score for a screen adaptation of Pushkin's The Queen of Spades. Although the film was never finished, Prokofiev's completed score reveals an idiosyncratic approach to film music, one that is strikingly different than that found in his better known scores such as Alexander Nevsky. Reconstruction of the production and its context demonstrates how Prokofiev's aesthetic goals of a "new simplicity," characterized by lyricism, spare textures, and avoidance of dissonance, would successfully intersect with the ideological goals of a Jubilee celebration planned by the Soviet government for the centenary of Pushkin's death.
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