May 17, an envelope with an original stamp dedicated to the 125th birth anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev, a composer, is issued

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (1891‒1953) was one of the major composers of the 20th century, pianist, conductor and teacher. People's Artist of the RSFSR (1947). He was an author of 11 operas, 7 ballets, 7 symphonies, 8 concertos, multiple vocal and instrumental pieces of music, music for motion pictures and performances.

Prokofiev was born into a family of an agronomist. His mother was a good pianist therefore the boy began to practice music since he was five and even then he already took interest in music-making. He took theory and composition lessons from Reinhold Glière in 1902‒1903. In 1909, he graduated the Saint Petersburg Conservatory as a composer and in 1914 as a pianist.

Prokofiev left his mark in history as musical language trail-blazer. His most famous works are opera War and Peace, Op. 91 (1943; 2nd edition, 1952), ballets Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 (1936), Cinderella, Op. 87 (1944), The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118 (1950), oratorio On Guard for Peace, Op. 124 (1950), cantata Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 (1939) and a children’s story Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (1936).

The envelope with an original stamp features a portrait of Sergei Prokofiev against the background of Romeo and Juliet musical score, a cover of the score and musical notation of the ballet.

Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” has manufactured a special cancellation postmark for Moscow.

Design: V. Khablovskiy.
Circulation: 1,000,000 copies.

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