prokofiev and stalin

A US migrant from Russia, Prokofiev, returns to the USSR in 1936 just ahead of Stalin’s Great Purge.
Three years later, Prokofiev writes his first Soviet opera. Right before its opening night, theatre director Meyerhold, who was engaged in the production, is arrested, tortured and killed.
A few months after the arrest WW2 starts, and Stalin commissions Prokofiev to compose a cantata to celebrate his 60th birthday.
Prokofiev then writes a viciously sarcastic and, yet, flattering piece called Hail to Stalin.
He continued composing music and received six top state Stalin Prizes for other pieces.
Stalin and Prokofiev died on the same day on March 5, 1953.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCcXQBIjvM0

 prokofiev and stalin