- Prokofiev, Sergei
- Fine autograph manuscript of "Ouverture" for full orchestra, including piano, an early version of the first movement of the "Divertimento", op.43
11 pages, large quarto (c.34 x 27cm), 24-stave paper ("Sünova" no.10), on three bifolios, no place or date, [1920s], modern green folding case, gilt titles (overall size c.44.5 x 39cm)
This "Ouverture" seems to have been originally intended for the unpublished ballet Trapeze, commissioned by the Romanov company and composed in c.1924-1925. Prokofiev reused much of the music for Trapeze in his well-known Quintet for Wind and Strings op.39, but it does not in fact include this movement. Instead, the composer subsequently used this music for the first untitled movement of the Divertimento, op.43 (1925-1929), a work for full orchestra, but without the piano part included here.
This manuscript shows the amazing talent and fluency of the young composer. It gives an insight into the fact that, although Prokofiev evidently had a piano version to work from, he is here laying out the music for full orchestra and piano for the first time, writing the score in ink straight away. The composer writes his score in an apparently spontaneous manner, adding orchestral parts here and there, including instruments not accounted for in the system as originally laid out, and thus not necessarily in their usual order on the page. Often, staves for new instruments begin half-way through a page, with the systems extended to accommodate them. The manuscript gives every impression of being a working draft of the movement, but, although a few passages are incompletely notated, everything is very clear throughout.