Jul 5, 2018
This week we look at Prokofiev's epic 5th symphony, written at the height of World War II. We'll discuss Prokofiev's unique brand of traditionalism and innovation, and the deep contradictions within his music between lyricism and violence, heat and ice, and optimism and cynicism. We'll also talk about Prokofiev's difficult personality and how this may have influenced his music. Prokofiev's 5th is one of the most thrilling and exciting pieces of classical music ever written - let's explore it together!