Although Prokofiev composed his Sonata for Flute and Piano in the middle of World War II, it is nevertheless one of his most uninhibitedly joyful compositions. It was given its premiere in Moscow in December 1943, and was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece.
Flutists often borrow from the much larger violinist’s repertoire, but that situation was reversed in this case. At the request of violinist David Oistrakh, Prokofiev transcribed this sonata for the violin, and it is frequently heard on that instrument.
In this video, the renowned flutist James Galway is joined by pianist Phillip Moll in a recital from Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Ireland.