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Sergei Prokofiev – Troika/Romance (from Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60) : great compositions/performances


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Sergei Prokofiev – Troika/Romance (from Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60)

Title of Composition: Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Created in: 1933
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
Conductor: Andre Previn
Recorded in: 1986

The CD is available for purchase at either Arkivmusic:
http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/a…

Or at Amazon (MP3 is also available):
http://www.amazon.com/Prokofiev-Alexa…

The CD also includes Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78, a cantata that’s also composed by Prokofiev.

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This recording of Lieutenant Kije Suite is owned by Telarc.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lieutenant Kijé[1] (Russian: Поручик Киже, Poruchik Kizhe) is the score composed by Sergei Prokofiev for the 1934 Soviet film Lieutenant Kijé directed by Aleksandr Faintsimmer based on the novel of the same title by Yury Tynyanov.

Movements

The suite, in five movements broadly follows the plot of the movie:[2]

  1. Kijé’s Birth. A clerk, while writing out the morning orders for his Imperial majesty Tsar Paul, miscopies two words, creating a Lieutenant “Kijé”. The Tsar learns of his “existence”, and issues numerous orders concerning him. The palace administrators have no choice but to carry them out.
  2. Romance. The fictional lieutenant falls in love.
  3. Kijé’s Wedding. Since the Tsar prefers his heroic soldiers to be married, the administrators concoct a fake wedding.
  4. Troika.
  5. Kijé’s Burial. The administrators finally rid themselves of the non-existent lieutenant by saying he has died.

Première

1937, Paris

Instrumentation

Baritone voice (sometimes performed as tenor saxophone).

2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, tenor saxophone (sometimes performed on bassoon), 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, cornet, 3 trombones, tuba, 3 percussionists (cymbals, sleigh bells, triangle, bass drum, snare drum, tambourine), harp, piano or/and celeste, and strings.

 

 

Sergei Prokofiev – Troika/Romance (from Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60)



Title of Composition: Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Created in: 1933
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
Conductor: Andre Previn
Recorded in: 1986