Sergei’s Failed Monument: The Aesthetics of Traumatic Realism in Prokofiev’s

Ode to the End of War (1945)

Gabrielle Cornish
Eastman School of Music
gcornish@u.rochester.edu

Symposium on Prokofiev and the Russian Tradition
February 25-27, 2016

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Part 1: Slow
Part 2: From the Cantata for the Twentieth Anniversary of October, fast,
workman-like
Part 3: Slow, but more ornate
Part 4: Birth of joy
Part 5: Russian, joyous (3rd theme)
Part 6: Part 2, elaborated
Part 7: Part 5
Part 1: Part 1, against background of parts 1 and 5
Coda: Solo, 4 timpani, F major, extract from part 2

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Simon Morrison, The People’s Artist: Prokofiev’s Soviet Years (Oxford: Oxford University
Press, 2009), 292.
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Example 1 – Opening of Ode to the End of War
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Figure 2: Coda of Ode to the End of War
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