Sergei Prokofiev's Trapeze Ballet, Op. 39 (1924) is scored for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and double bass. The ballet, closely related to Prokofiev's Quintet, Op. 39 (1924), contains eight movements (in five parts) and lasts 20–25 minutes. The complete ballet in eight movements was first performed in Gotha, a small German town near Hanover, on 6 November 1925.
In 1924, when Prokofiev was staying in Paris, a travelling troupe commissioned a ballet. the "Trapeze Ballet," from him. However, the ensemble that provided music accompaniment to the troupe only contained five members. This provided Prokofiev an opportunity to write more chamber music. His most recent chamber piece had been the Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 (1919).
The Trapeze Ballet, Op. 39 (1924), recently reconstructed, is in five movements:
- The Ballerina
- Dance of the Tumblers
- Mourning the Ballerina
The related Quintet, Quintet Op. 39 (1924), is in six movements as follows:
- Tema con variazioni
- Andante energico
- Allegro sostenuto, ma con brio
- Adagio pesante
- Allegro precipitato, ma non troppo presto
- Becker, Samuel. "Prokofiev: Trapeze". samuelbecker.net. Retrieved 24 April 2012.