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Prokofieff - Palmer: The Love for Three Oranges op. 33 - Grand March (1919) 5'
arranged for orchestra

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2.picc.3.corA.3.bcl.3.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc:xyl/glsp/tgl/cyms/SD/BD- 2harps-org-strings

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The youthful Prokofieff was a master of laughter, absurdity and colour, but nowhere more so than in his enchanting fairy-tale opera, based on the Italian writer Gozzi’s commedia dell’arte satire The Love for Three Oranges. The pantomime-like plot concerns the adventures of a young prince, cursed by a wicked witch and forced to voyage into distant lands in search of three oranges inside each of which is a princess.



In his six-movement symphonic suite, Prokofieff includes some of the loudest and most garish and comical passages of the opera including the music of the clowns, the card-game between the magician and the wicked witch, and the world-famous March. All this bustle and excitement is offset by the lyrical love-music which accompanies the prince’s meeting with the princess of the third orange.

Christopher Palmer's short arrangement is a longer version of the march, using other versions of the same music from different points in the opera.

Note by Gerard McBurney

Recommended Recording

Scottish National Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chandos CHAN 8729

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