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“The daemons of Prokofiev’s boundless imagination abandon themselves to an orgiastic dance over the graves of every single fundament of musical beauty…” (W. Karatygin – speech from November 30, 1916)
The “Sarcasms” themselves were an expression of the young composer’s bitter smile, the scornful irony he felt towards his culture and the art of his time, which remained alien to him. “The Sarcasms, compared to the verse of the early Myaskovsky, were more harshly and painfully barbed. The fearful shock that they unleashed coursed through consciousness with an awful power…” (B. Asafjew – “Thoughts and Ideas,” Ch. VII). Although the fifth piece, with its logical construction and flawlessly honed style, belongs to the early works of the composer, one can already discern the true Prokofiev and his singular talent.