Ballet burlesque in 4 parts
Written in 1911
Includes piano and celesta
The suite most commonly played in concert performances is almost a complete version of the ballet, but cutting the last three sections.
The Petrushka chord (C and F# major triads played together) announces the appearance of the main character.
Three puppets are brought to life by the Charlatan during the 1830 Shrovetide Fair in St. Petersburg, Russia. Petrushka loves the ballerina but she rejects him for the Moor. Petrushka, angry and hurt, challenges the Moor. The Moor kills Petrushka with his scimitar. Petrushka’s ghost rises above the puppet theater as night falls. He shakes his fist at the Charlatan before collapsing in a second death.
INSTRUMENTATION: 4 flutes (3rd and 4th doubling piccolo), 4 oboes (4th doubling English horn), 4 clarinets in B-flat (4th doubling bass clarinet in B-flat), 4 bassoons (4th doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B-flat (doubling piccolo trumpet), 2 cornets in B-flat and A, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, two snare drums (one offstage), tambourine, tenor drum (offstage), triangle, tamtam, glockenspiel, xylophone, piano, celesta (2- and 4-hand), 2 harps and strings