Trapèze (Russian: Трапе́ция) is a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev. Closely related to his Quintet, Op. 39 (1924), it contains eight movements (in five parts) and lasts 20–25 minutes.[1] The complete ballet in eight movements was first performed in Gotha, a German town near Hanover, on 6 November 1925.[1]

Background edit

In 1924, when Prokofiev was staying in Paris, a travelling troupe commissioned a chamber ballet from him. However, the ensemble that provided music accompaniment to the troupe only contained five members. This provided Prokofiev an opportunity to write more chamber music. His most recent chamber piece had been the Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 (1919).

Later, Prokofiev incorporated the ballet music into two pieces: Quintet, Op. 39 (1924) and Divertissement, Op. 43 (1925–29).

Movements edit

The Trapèze Ballet, reconstructed in 2002, is in five parts and eight movements:[1]

  1. Overture
    1. Moderato, molto ritmato
  2. "Matelote"
    1. Allegro
  3. "The Ballerina"
    1. Tema con variazioni
    2. Andante energico
  4. "Dance of the Tumblers"
    1. Allegro sostenuto, ma con brio
    2. Adagio pesante
    3. Allegro precipitato, ma non troppo presto
  5. "Mourning the Ballerina"
    1. Andantino

The related Quintet is in six movements as follows:

  1. Tema con variazioni
  2. Andante energico
  3. Allegro sostenuto, ma con brio
  4. Adagio pesante
  5. Allegro precipitato, ma non troppo presto
  6. Andantino

References edit


  1. ^ a b c Becker, Samuel. "Prokofiev: Trapèze". Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2012.


  • Press, Stephen D. (2006). Prokofiev's Ballets for Diaghilev . Ashgate Publishing Limited. ISBN 0754604020

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