IJMSTA - Vol. 3 - Issue 1 - January 2021
Thematic Contrast in Allegro Inquieto from Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 7 Op. 83: The Analysis of Pitch Classes, Clusters, and Sets
Authors: Nikita Mamedov
Abstract - Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 7 Op. 83, completed in 1942, offers a wide variety of musical contrast between its three movements, traced through an analytical understanding of the composer's harmonic language. The first movement, Allegro Inquieto, provides an insight into a series of musically opposing ideas that generate the opening two themes of the piece. A close look at the opening movement's structure and an accurate theoretical representation within the motivic and thematic material allows one to understand Prokofiev's compositional views and processes. This article concentrates on the analysis of Themes I-a, I-b, and II, focusing on focal pitch resolutions, cluster chords, and the composer's approaches to atonality.
Keywords: Atonality, Cluster, Chords, ICVSIM, Prokofiev sonata
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Mamedov, N .: Thematic Contrast in Allegro Inquieto from Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 7 Op. 83: The Analysis of Pitch Classes, Clusters, and Sets. IJMSTA. 2021 Jan 7; 3 (1): 18-23.