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Prokofiev: 15 facts about the great composer
Prokofiev was already considering making an opera from Tolstoy's War and Peace when Germany invaded Russia on 22 June 1941. The conflict spurred him on and he took two years to compose his original version. Because of the war he was evacuated to the Caucasus where he also composed his Second String Quartet.