Dream of the Warrior, Op.211 (Prisovsky, Vasily)

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Publisher. Info. Kiev: Léon Idzikowski, 1914. Plate L. 4752 I.
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Work Title Dream of the Warrior
Alternative. Title Songe d'un Soldat. Rêverie; Сон воина.
Composer Prisovsky, Vasily
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.211
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IVP 21
Key D minor
First Publication. 1914
Average DurationAvg. Duration 4 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation piano

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The piece is dedicated to the soldiers: in the summer of the year 1914 Germany declared war on Russia.The picture on the cover depicts the tragic episode of the battle — dreams of warriors, sleeping by the fire. Interestingly, some moments of pieces (measures 11-15) repeat a famous song of Alexander Vertinsky "A Little Creole", dedicated to the famous silent movie actress Vera Kholodnaya. It is obvious that the romance of the famous "Pierrot" was composed later, beginning the year 1917, when Prisovsky's piano piece has already been published and was probably pretty popular. As is often happens in the history, Vertinsky's plagiarism was more viable than the forgotten opus by Prisovsky.