Violin Sonata No. 1 (Prokofiev)
Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op 80, written between 1938 and 1946 (completed two years after Violin Sonata No. 2), is one of the darkest and most brooding of the composer's works. Prokofiev was awarded the 1947 Stalin prize for this composition.
The work is about 30 minutes long and is in four movements:
Prokofiev had described the slithering violin scales at the end of the 1st and 4th movements as 'wind passing through a graveyard'.
The work was premiered by David Oistrakh and Lev Oborin on October 23, 1946, under the personal coaching of the composer. During rehearsals, Oborin played a certain passage, marked forte, too gently for Prokofiev's liking, who insisted it should be more aggressive. Oborin replied that he was afraid of drowning out the violin, but Prokofiev said "It should sound in such a way that people should jump in their seat, and people will say 'Is he out of his mind?'".
- Recording of Violin Sonata No. 1 Sergei Ostrovsky (violin) (Wayback Machine archive).
- Video - Prokofiev Violin Sonata No 1 - Complete (28:10).
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