Composed: 1917 - 1921

Premiere: 1921 December, Chicago

Approx Duration: 28 minutes


Sergei Prokofiev had written five piano concertos in total, with the third, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, being the most popular.

The blueprint of the composition had been conceived since 1917, which he soon set aside and revisited it time and again. However, it was not until 1921, that he started to devote himself into the composition again.

In 1920, Prokofiev and his mother were forced to leave their hometown due to the political situation of Russian. They moved to Paris, and there, he met Kodyna, a singer, whom he soon fell in love with.

They spent that summer together in Brittany, which perhaps was a great inspiration to Prokofiev. The concerto was completed in Brittany that very summer and was performed on the same year in December 16, with the composer as the soloist, with the Chicago Symphony.

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