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: prokofiev symphony no 2
||Melville, NY: Belwin Mills, n.d.(ca.1975). Catalog 5040.
||Bookmarked by movement
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.
- Allegro ben articolato
- Tema con variazioni
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
||1925-06-06 — Paris: Serge Koussevitzky (conductor)
||1927 ca. — Paris: Editions Russes de Musique (plate R.M.V. 445)
||Serge Koussevitzky (1874–1951)
|Average DurationAvg. Duration
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
||Early 20th century
||Early 20th century
- piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets,
- bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
- 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, 3 percussion*, piano, strings
*(cymbals, triangle, castanets, bass drum, snare drum, tambourine)
||Prokofiev intended to reconstruct the piece in three movements, going so far as to assign the project the opus number 136, but the composer died before he could undertake the revisions
The score (as reprinted in 1929 by Hawkes) calls for an average duration of 25 minutes- which is nowhere near the average of the few existing recordings, suggesting that cuts were employed or that the speed of both movements was on the whole faster in early performances than nowadays, or both. The 2nd movement in modern performances, by itself, is generally about 25 minutes, and the first movement about 10-12 or so... - Premiere was on 8 May 1925, very soon after the composer completed orchestrating the work (much too soon), according to David Nice ("Prokofiev: From Russia to the West, 1891-1935, Volume 1", p.211-12.) Also, as to the publication date, 1927 ca. seems more likely, as he describes himself as still correcting the proofs of his 2nd symphony in a letter to Myaskovsky dated 6/18/27 (see Selected Letters of Sergei Prokofiev, p.268.) - ES