“Mechanical” as a Metaplot in Prokofiev’s Music
The article is devoted to the sound-visual sphere associated with the image of a machine, mechanism, and its reflection in Prokofiev’s music. The main feature of a “mechanical” in music is ostinato, which was used in European music for several centuries, especially in the Baroque and Classicism eras with their priority of the rhythmic-energy element. In the 20th century it acquired “mechanical” associations in the context of new realities. Prokofiev is one of the founders of the new tradition of “mechanical” in music. This circle of associations is of particular importance in his music due to the priority role of rhythmic-energetic beginning and pulsation in it. The “mechanical” in Prokofiev becomes a representative of depersonalization, and the musical fabric becomes a field of conflict between personalized material and “mechanical”, which can be interpreted as a conflict of individuation and the collective structures of human consciousness.