Piano Sonata No. 8 (Prokofiev)

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Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 8 in B major, Op. 84 (1944) is a sonata for solo piano, the third of the Three War Sonatas. The sonata was first performed on 30 December 1944 in Moscow by Emil Gilels.[1]

Prokofiev at the piano


  1. Andante dolce (in B-flat major)
  2. Andante sognando (in D-flat major)
  3. Vivace (in B-flat major)

1. Andante dolce[edit]

The movement begins with a melancholy, and mysterious theme that wanders. The key is B major but the sense of tonality is weak due to Prokofiev's frequent modulations to remote keys. After the theme ends, a development, reminiscent of the first movement of the Piano Sonata No.7, follows. Next is a more brooding theme in G minor which goes through a series of modulations as the music prepares for the development section. The development section is unstable and perpetuated by motoric rhythms.

2. Andante sognando[edit]

3. Vivace[edit]

The movement begins with several arpeggios, introducing one of the main themes, in B major. Tonality is weak, as the very next theme is in A minor. After a brief return to B, it then introduces another theme in the key of B major. Then another theme enters, this one in C major. After the initial excited section, the piece enters into a waltz-like portion that is in D major. This waltz-like section is full of dissonances. The piece finally quiets down, entering into a much quieter, more mysterious section, still in D. Throughout this section, the left hand includes references to the waltz-like section. Then after this section, the A minor theme returns, building into the return of the opening theme. The final section combines nearly all of the elements that have come before. Tonality is still weak. The C major theme enters transposed to B. Then the A minor theme returns, also transposed to B. There is a new theme, building up to a grand finale in B.


  1. ^ Sorensen, Sugi (2005). "The Prokofiev Page - Piano Sonata No 8 in B m, Op 84". Allegro Media. Archived from the original on 14 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012.

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