Sergei Prokofiev: Prelude Op. 12, No. 7 “The Harp”

Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev composed his Ten Pieces for Piano, Op. 12 during the years 1906 – 1913, while a student at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.  Prokofiev himself gave the premiere of this work in Moscow in 1914.

“The Harp” Prelude is the seventh piece from this group, and exists in two versions, one for piano and one for harp.  Here, in another clip from his 1978 recital at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, is the great Emil Gilels performing the piano version.

I thought it was both interesting and fun to compare the two arrangements, and so here, performing the transcription for harp, is Anna Verkholantseva at the Royal Palace in Gödöllö, Hungary in October 2006.

And finally, a surprise.  Performing the same piece one more time is one of my newest and happiest YouTube discoveries.  This young woman is Szuyu Su.  We learn from her YouTube page that she is from Tainan City, Taiwan, Republic of China, and was born in 1998.  Her English name is Rachel, and this video was made when Rachel was eight years old.