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Prokofiev Plays album art (Klavier Records)

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Nov 1st, 2019. Artwork published in .
Prokofiev Plays album art (Klavier Records)
Source: Photo: briwah (edited). License: All Rights Reserved.

An early use of Motter Tektura for the cover of a record with piano interpretations by Sergei Prokofiev, both released in 1974.

His own Love for Three Oranges, Tales of the Old Grandmother and 7 other selections, plus compositions by Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Miaskovsky and Glazounov.

The typeface with the exotic blocky letterforms – especially notable in the capitals – might have been chosen to hint at the musician’s Russian origin without having to use actual Cyrillic characters.

It may look like Tektura’s A was modified for a snug combination with the L. In fact, it’s just tightly spaced. This letter doesn’t have a full left leg by default.

The brown type is Radiant Heavy. Graphic design by Tri-Arts [Discogs], with illustration signed by “T. Rigsby” (?).

Outwards Journeys is a more recent example for Tektura used in all caps on a record cover.

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