Simon Morrison is Professor of Music and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. He is the author of Bolshoi Confidential, The People's Artist: Prokofiev’s Soviet Years, and Lina and Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev.
“Ploughs new ground. . . . A fascinating study [and] a challenging mixture of literary and musical analysis.” - Opera Journal
“A rewarding and valuable study not only because of its insight and richness but also because of the accompanying reproductions of musical scores.” - Slavic & East European Journal
“Worth investigation by anyone interested in the culture of this period or the composers discussed.” - Times Literary Supplement
“Morrison’s book has become a standard reading-list item and the accepted starting point for the researches of a new generation of graduate students. Ideas that were striking and fresh [when first published] have become common currency—a tribute to the book’s success.” - Journal of the American Musicological Society
“Morrison draws on an impressive array of sources and disciplines…. His use of contemporary secondary sources is particularly effective, given his interest in the culture of reception.” - Slavic Review