This is the finale to Suite of Antique Dances. It is somewhat in the style of Prokofiev's Classical Symphony. I would be remiss not to say a few words about this great composer.
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) During the Russian revolution of 1917 he wrote his Classical symphony and then moved to San Francisco in 1918. Later he moved to Paris, then Germany. His earliest piano works were chromatic and dissonant for which he was criticized, but his heart was in opera. Peter and the Wolf and Romeo and Juliet are his most famous. He moved back to Russia in 1936 only to have his music banned by the Communist party because it was “muddled, nerve racking and cacophony.” His wife was arrested for sending money to her mother in Spain. She served 5 years in a prison camp. (Remember, in communism there is no private property. Sending the collective's money outside the country is tantamount to stealing.)
In some ways his voluntary exile was a blessing. Although some of his symphonies are dark and foreboding in the Russian style, in other symphonies you can hear Ravel in others, Gershwin. Eventually his music was accepted, his wife was set free after Stalin's death, and he became one of Russia's most beloved composers.
The Suite of Antique Dances was a trip down memory lane as I explored the various musical forms I learned as a child taking piano lessons. The main theme is the very first song I ever played on piano. You will recognize it when you hear it. This was a fun piece to write. Hope you enjoy it. All comments are welcome.