In 1936, Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) ended two decades of voluntary exile in the West and returned to the Soviet Union. He was the only one of the many Russian composers who emigrated after the Bolshevik Revolution to do so, and his decision provoked a worldwide controversy.
About the Author
Terry Teachout is COMMENTARY’s critic-at-large and the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal. Satchmo at the Waldorf, his first play, runs through November 4 at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.