The Music Plays On — Sergei Prokofiev

Prokofiev on the cover of Time Magazine, November 19, 1945

On April 27, 1891, Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka, near Donetsk, Ukraine. His father, Sergei Alexeyevich, was a soil engineer and his mother, Maria (née Zhitkova), was an amateur pianist absolutely devoted to music, who spent a couple months of every year taking piano lessons in St. Petersburg or Moscow. Young Sergei was inspired by his mother’s piano playing and composed his first piece by the age of…