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Piece of the week (w/c 12th January)

It is hard not to love the joyous effervescence of Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. Around 1’28 of the first movement (the codetta at the end of the Exposition) there is a real rush of adrenaline! The piece is inspired by the style of Haydn but Prokofiev is a clear presence throughout.

As pretty much the earliest Neo-Classical piece (1917) this is of relevance both to AS and A2.

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Read about Prokofiev on Wikipedia. His early style was spiky and aggressive (particularly his Scythian Suite) but he is most famous for his more accessible and tuneful works such as children’s favourite Peter and the Wolf  and his music for Romeo and Juliet.