“He that toucheth pitch shall be deified therewith”

Perfect pitch enables musicians to name any note in isolation without the aid of another note. Prokofiev had it, but it is by no means foolproof as a recent study has shown. Continue reading “He that toucheth pitch shall be deified therewith”

Prokofiev’s misunderstood seventh symphony

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev finished his seventh symphony in 1952. Written for young listeners at the end of a tragic and repressive Stalinist era, it is often criticised as simplistic or banal. But still waters run deep. Continue reading Prokofiev’s misunderstood seventh symphony