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Sergey Prokofiev
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Biography Childhood compositions: Prokofiev was born in 1891 in Sontsovka (now Krasne in the Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine), an isolated rural estate in the Yekaterinoslav Governorate of the Russian Empire. He was inspired by hearing his mother practising the piano in the evenings - mostly works by Chopin and Beethoven - and composed his first piano composition at the age of five, an 'Indian Gallop', which was written down by his mother: this was in the Lydian mode (a major scale with a raised 4th scale degre...