Symphonic Song (Prokofiev)
Symphonic Song is a work demonstrating Prokofiev's transition from Parisian modernism to Soviet lyricism. Prokofiev had described of it as "a serious piece of work, and I took great care in choosing the thematic material. It consists of three closely integrated parts."
Although there is no programme, the mood of the three parts might be defined as:
- Darkness: A dark and gloomy theme emerges. Crushing brass chords and eerie string sonorities add tension to the music.
- Struggle: The music becomes livelier, but there are still occasional dissonant outbursts.
- Achievement: A lyrical melody soars freely, and the music ends in ecstatic triumph.
The work lasts around 13 minutes, and is in one continuous movement.
The music is scored for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, english horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, cymbals, triangle, bass drum, snare drum, tambourine, strings.
14/04/1934, Moscow, conducted by Alexander Gauk.
|Orchestra||Conductor||Record Company||Year of Recording||Format|
|Scottish National Orchestra||Neeme Järvi||Chandos Records||1989||CD|
|USSR Ministry of Culture State Symphony Orchestra||Gennadi Rozhdestvensky||Melodiya||?||LP|