August 2014 Convention
Chicago, IL

John Bailey, Prokoviev

In his well-attended session, John Bailey explained how Prokofiev’s four-movement sonata is influenced by symphonic models, with a scherzo second movement. There is a tonal cohesiveness between the outer movements, with both containing statements of the main theme in D major. The pianist often has important thematic and melodic material that is typically ignored by the flutists. Bailey briefly explained the forms and keys used in the entire sonata.  

This presentation was helpful to people who have performed the work and plan to perform it again, and also to people who have never played the piece.

—Ronda Benson Ford