Piano Sonata No. 6 (Prokofiev)

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Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 82 (1940) is a sonata for solo piano, the first of the Three War Sonatas. The sonata was first performed on 8 April 1940 in Moscow.[1]

Movements[edit]

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Allegretto
  3. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
  4. Vivace

1. Allegro moderato[edit]

The first movement introduces the main motto, where the melody is played in minor thirds and parallel major thirds. This makes the movement tonally unstable, since both A major and A minor are established. Also, the motto is accompanied by a rising and falling augmented 4th between notes A and D#, creating sharp dissonances. Thus, it already introduces the uncertainty of the work. The greater part of it is dominated by grinding dissonances and frequent modulation, further increasing the despair of the work. Throughout most of the piece, there is a lack of key signature.[2]

2. Allegretto[edit]

The second movement has been described as having a march-like sound with staccato chords, the middle section being melodic.[2]

3. Tempo di valzer lentissimo[edit]

The third movement is similar to a waltz, slower and romantic.[2]

4. Vivace[edit]

The closing movement is a rondo, containing material from the opening movement.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sorensen, Sugi (2005). "The Prokofiev Page - Piano Sonata No 7 in B flat m, Op 82". Allegro Media. Retrieved 09 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Friskin and Freundlich. Music For The Piano (first ed.). p. 233. 

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