Symphony No.2, Op.40 (Prokofiev, Sergey)

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Publisher. Info. Melville, NY: Belwin Mills, n.d.(ca.1975). Catalog 5040.
Misc. Notes Bookmarked by movement
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Work Title Symphony No.2
Alternative. Title Вторая симфония
Name Translations Симфония № 2; Symphonie nº 2 de Prokofiev; Symphony No. 2; 第2號交響曲; Sinfonia n.º 2; Симфонія № 2; Sinfonia nro 2; Simfonia núm. 2; 2. Sinfonie; 交響曲第2番; Sinfonía n.º 2 (Prokófiev); Simfonia nr. 2 (Prokofiev); Symfonie č. 2; Sinfonia n. 2; Symfoni nr. 2; السيمفونيه رقم 2; 2η Συμφωνία
Name Aliases Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 40
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; LCCN: no90022879
Composer Prokofiev, Sergey
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.40
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ISP 68
Key D minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 movements:
  1. Allegro ben articolato
  2. Tema con variazioni
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1924–25
First Performance. 1925-06-06 — Paris: Serge Koussevitzky (conductor)
First Publication. 1927 ca. — Paris: Editions Russes de Musique (plate R.M.V. 445)
Dedication Serge Koussevitzky (1874–1951)
Average DurationAvg. Duration 40 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Orchestra
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)
External Links Wikipedia article
Prokofiev Catalogue
Extra Information 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

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Symphonies by Sergey Prokofiev

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