Prokofiev - Sonata for cello and piano op.119

Prokofiev - Sonata for cello and piano op.119. You can download the PDF sheet music Prokofiev - Sonata for cello and piano op.119 on this page. The Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119, was composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1949. The year before, Prokofiev was accused of formalism by the Zhdanov Decree and much of his music was banned. However, he continued to compose music, though he was not sure if his new works would ever be performed in public.
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Cello part: 17 pages. 3351 K

Piano part: 51 pages. 9869 K

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In 1949, Prokofiev attended a concert in which Mstislav Rostropovich performed Nikolai Miaskovsky's Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81.[1] Prokofiev was so impressed by Rostropovich's performance that he was determined to write a Cello Sonata for him. At the same time, Prokofiev wrote the symphonic suite Winter Bonfire, Op. 122, the ballet The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118, and the Pushkin Waltzes, Op. 120. The Cello Sonata was published in Moscow in 1951.

The sonata is structured in three movements:

  • Andante grave
  • Moderato
  • Allegro, ma non troppo
A typical performance lasts for about 25 minutes.

The work was premiered on March 1, 1950 in the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with Rostropovich as soloist and with Sviatoslav Richter at the piano.

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