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My research interests include Russian music, French modernism, and dance-music relationships. I have written two books,Russian Opera and the Symbolist Movement(University of California Press, 2002) andThe People’s Artist: Prokofiev’s Soviet Years(Oxford University Press, 2008), and I have edited a collection of essays,Prokofiev and His World(Princeton University Press, 2008). I have written journal articles on Prokofiev, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Scriabin, and several reviews.
I am at present writing a biography of Lina Prokofiev for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt entitled L while also co-editing a collection of essays on the composer Arthur Lourié for Oxford University Press.
Undergraduate courses taught:
Music and Film
Introduction to Music
The Artistry of Ballet
Graduate courses taught:
The Ballets Russes and the Ballets Suedois
Music and Film
Prokofiev and Shostakovich
The Ontology of Music and Dance
"Krazy Kat"and "The Toy Box" (2010).
This student staging featured John Alden Carpenter’s 1921 pantomimeKrazy Kat and Claude Debussy’s 1913La boîte à joujoux(The Toy Box). The latter included an unknown jazz overture preserved at the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art.
"Romeo and Juliet" (2008).
I restored the scenario and score of the original (1935) version of this ballet for the Mark Morris Dance Group. The project involved orchestrating act IV (featuring a happy ending) from Prokofiev’s annotations and rearranging the order and adjusting the content of acts I-III. This version of the ballet was premiered on 4 July 2008 and began an international tour the following September.
"Boris Godunov" (2007)
This student staging brought together Alexander Pushkin’s 1825 drama and Prokofiev’s 1936 incidental music.
"Le Pas d’Acier" (2005)
Conceived in 1925 and premiered in 1927 by the Ballets Russes, the ballet was performed at the Berlind Theatre, Princeton University, from April 7-9, 2005. The staging, which I directed in collaboration with Lesley-Anne Sayers and Millicent Hodson, re-imagined Le Pas d’Acier using the source diagrams and sketches for the music, décor, and dance.