The Prokofiev Five Songs Without Words, Opus 35 were written in December 1920 during a tour of the USA. The musical format of songs without words is not unusual, as Mendelssohn composed a number of very beautiful ones for the Piano and of course Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise is one of the most famous works in the musical repertoire.
The Five Songs Without Words were premiered in New York City in 1921 by the soprano Nina Koshetz. In 1925, while living in Paris the composer arranged the five brief songs for Violin and Piano. Their haunting, bittersweet and lyrical style is typical of Prokofiev and the advanced performer will find these wonderful miniatures totaling 12 minutes in length a perfect vehicle for a major work on a recital. Mr. Alvarez has scored these songs beautifully for the Tuba and Piano.
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Listen and watch legendary Violinist David Oistrach perform the Five Songs on YouTube®
greatest gift is his ability to link
beautiful soaring melodies in a
the Russian Revolution he
traveled the world: the USA,
Paris and Switzerland, the
Bavarian Alps, finally returning
to the Soviet Union in 1935.
Along with several others,
Prokofiev's music was placed
under severe scrutiny and had
to be approved by a committee
from the "Composers' Union".
After WW II, the restrictions on
style were slackened and he
could compose in his own way.
Prokofiev ironically died on
the same day that Stalin's
death was announced.
active freelance musician in the Chicago-land area, Joseph has also made an
appearance with the Chicago-based new music collective, dal niente.