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Prokofiev diaries are published
Sergei Prokofiev
The Russian composer died on 5 March 1953
Diaries written by the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev have been published for the first time.

Prokofiev, who died in 1953, was famous for his musical compositions of Romeo and Juliet and Peter and the Wolf.

The diaries, translated by Anthony Phillips, were written by Prokofiev between 1907 and 1914.

"His diaries are interesting, I think, mainly because he was such an extraordinary person," Phillips told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

A talented pianist and conductor, Prokofiev wrote for a wide range of genres, including operas, ballets and film scores.

Phillips, who describes the musician as being "extraordinarily and uniquely candid", says he was also a "wonderful writer" who had a lot to say.

"He started to write an autobiography which, by the time it had reached 200,000 words, he had only got to the age of 17," he said.

The composer left his home and the Bolsheviks in 1918 and spent almost two decades in France and US before returning to Stalin's Russia in 1936.

He died of a cerebral haemorrhage on the same day as the Russian dictator, in March 1953.

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