Sergei Prokofiev
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (Russian: Серге́й Серге́евич Проко́фьев) (23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russia
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n composer, pianist and conductor who mastered numerous musical genres and is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His best-known works include the March from Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé
Lieutenant Kijé (Prokofiev)
Lieutenant Kijé is the score composed by Sergei Prokofiev for the 1934 Soviet film Lieutenant Kijé directed by Aleksandr Faintsimmer based on the novel of the same title by Yury Tynyanov.-Suite from Lieutenant Kijé:...

, the ballet Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev)
Romeo and Juliet is a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. It is one of the most enduringly popular ballets...

 - from which "Dance of the Knights" is taken - and Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf , Op. 67, is a composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936 in the USSR. It is a children's story , spoken by a narrator accompanied by the orchestra....

. He also composed amongst many other works five piano concertos, nine completed piano sonatas and seven symphonies.
Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka (now Krasne in the Donetsk Oblast
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 of Ukraine
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), an isolated rural estate in the Yekaterinoslav Governorate
Yekaterinoslav Governorate
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 of the Russian Empire
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