Ode to the End of the War
This work bears the designation Opus 105.
Year: 1945 / 1969 / 1979
Duration: c. 12:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Wind orchestra with 8 harps, 4 pianos, and 8 double basses
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print
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Prokofiev's Ode to the End of the War, Op. 105, dates from 1945 and is written for a truly extraordinary ensemble of instruments. Prokofiev composed the work for 8 harps, 4 pianos, wind orchestra, percussion and 8 double basses! To this day, it does not receive the kudos it deserves, and is still lumped with the slogan “Socialistic Jubilation Orgy” at the victory of the Soviet Union over Fascism.
The entire Ode consists of brilliant music, which even a composer such as Shostakovich – despite all their differences – could not overlook. If a listener is able to get into the unfamiliar, vice-like, perhaps even partially harsh sound, then he is sure to be left with an unforgettable experience.
- Program Note by Franz Steiger for PentaTone CD Prokofiev
Ode to the End of the War is scored for winds, brass, contrabasses, percussion, four pianos, and eight harps. The piece opens with trumpets sounding a powerful C major triad, as chords from four pianos recall the colorful ringing of the Kremlin chimes. The pianos then provide a proud, marching pulse beneath the first statement of the main theme. The Allegro energico begins with an alarm from the solo trumpet and features an accompaniment of incessant staccato figures and a powerful return of the main theme. Low rumblings from pianos provide a transition into the second section. Here the music is transparent and static, and the unique scoring for pianos, harps, bassoons, and flutes creates a reflective atmosphere with beautiful, folk song-inspired melodies. The third section, Allegro assai, is marked by thunderous timpani solos, which lead to an overwhelming finale.
Ode to the End of the War// was Prokofiev’s attempt to write the ideological music expected of him, but conflicts in the music reflect the composer’s true beliefs. Alternately majestic and tumultuous, Ode to the End of the War is powerful and substantive music. In conversation about his Sixth Symphony, also conceived in reflection on the end of the war, Prokofiev writes: “Now we are rejoicing in our great victory, but each of us has wounds that cannot be healed. One has lost those dear to him, another has lost his health. These must not be forgotten.”
- Program Note from Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert program, 9 June 2019
- Audio CD: North Texas Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 2013
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- Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Mallory Thompson, conductor) – 9 June 2019
- University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony & Harp Ensemble (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 15 November 2012
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Athletic Festival March (arr. Goldman) (1936/1980)
- Concerto No. 3 in C for Piano (tr. Hunsberger) (1921/)
- Dance of the Knights (trans. Jones) (1935/2019)
- Finale to "Symphony No 1" (tr. Johnson) (1917/2016)
- Gavotte (arr. Gordon)
- Lieutenant Kije Symphonic Suite (arr. Schyns)
- March from "The Love of Three Oranges" (arr. Cray) (1921/1943)
- Marche from the Opera "Love for Three Oranges" (arr. Erickson) (1921/1992)
- Marche from "The Love of Three Oranges," Opus 33 (arr Johnson) (arr. Johnson) (1921/1947)
- March, Opus 69 (arr. Gingery) (1937/1985)
- March, Opus 99 (arr. Meredith) (1943-44/2017)
- March, Opus 99 (arr. Mindeman) (1943-44)
- March, Opus 99 (arr. Yoder; ed. Berz) (1943-44)
- Masquerade Variations On A Theme Of Prokofiev (arr. Gryc)
- Music for Children (arr. Ahronheim)
- Ode to the End of the War (1945/1969/1979)
- Peter and the Wolf (arr. Daniels) (1936)
- Peter and the Wolf (arr. Curnow) (1936/1986)
- Piano Concerto No. 3 (arr. Hunsberger) (1921/)
- Romeo and Juliet (arr. de Meij) (1935/1990)
- Symphony V: Scherzo (arr. Moore) (1947/2014)
- Visions fugitives (orch. Missal) (1917/2017)
- Prokofiev, S. [1979?]. Ode to the End of War: Opus 105 [score]. [Belwin Mills]: [Melville, N.Y.]