Symphonic suite in 8 movements
Composed in 1946
This is the first of three suites from Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella, Op. 87, written in 1944.
The ballet is in three acts and this suite offers selections from the first two acts.
Introduction represents different aspects of Cinderella's personality.
The two step-sisters are depicted by clarinets in the Pas de châle.
Quarrel illustrates a quarrel between Cinderella and the family.
In Cinderella's Waltz, Cinderella meets and dances with the prince.
The suite ends with Midnight, like Act II of the ballet. The two Cinderella themes from the Introduction are played simultaneously as the clock strikes midnight. She flees the ballroom, dropping one slipper.
INSTRUMENTATION: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, triangle, castanets, tambourine, snare drum, tam-tam, bass drum, cymbals, tubular bells, glockenspiel, xylophone, harp, piano, strings