Prokofiev’s Troika

We’ll be performing the ‘Troika’ from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite at Crash Bang Wallop! on 12 December. To prepare, we’ve taken a look at the story behind the music…

Sergei Prokofiev was one of Russia’s best-known composers of the twentieth century. Prokofiev began composing when he was just five years old and by the time he was nine, he had already written his first opera, The Giant. As a young composer, he achieved great success, not only at home in Russia, but also across Europe and beyond.

In 1933, Prokofiev was commissioned to write music for a film about an imaginary soldier, Lieutenant Kijé. The film was based on an old (and possibly true) story of mistaken paperwork in the Russian army. This led to a soldier who never existed being promoted to Lieutenant and then General, commanding an army, marrying a princess, being summoned to meet the Tsar, and finally ‘killed’, so the Tsar wouldn’t find out the truth.

The movement we will perform, ‘Troika’, describes a ride in a traditional Russian sleigh. This type of sleigh was known as a Troika, which in Russian means triple or three, because it was pulled by three horses. With all the sleigh bells, Prokofiev makes it easy to imagine charging through the snowy Russian countryside!


You can listen to more of the music we’ll be performing in the concert here.

Crash Bang Wallop! Let it Snow
Saturday 12 December 2015, 11am
Pre-concert activities from 10am
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DJ
Adults £10, Children £8, Family £30 (for 4 tickets)
Box Office cadoganhall.com / 020 7730 4500

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