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Press, Stephen

Prokofiev's Ballets for Diaghilev

Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in progress

A study of the ballets Prokofiev composed for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes -- from the false starts (Ala i Lolli and the 1915 version of Chout) to mastery of the genre with the revised Chout (1921), Le pas d'acier (1927) and L'enfant prodigue. Main issues include Prokofiev's relationships with Diaghilev and Stravinsky, possible influences on his balletic style, the peculiar context surrounding each commission, and the links with the subsequent ballets.