Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 Op.26 Analysis


I. Andante – Allegro

Sonata form

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 in C major Op.26 Analysis 1


Bar 1-10: Contains the thematic motif for Theme 1A
Bar 11-14: Bridge into exposition. (this bridge shows up later on.)


Bar 15: Theme 1A . It is based on the first 3 notes of the Intro.
Bar 19: Motive for Theme 1B in the orchestra part
Bar 29-41: Bridge
Bar 41: Theme 1B – sequence of percussive chords. In 5 parts:
Part 1: Syncopation of chords between piano and orchestra (bar 46-49)
Part 2: Bridge (bar 50-51)
Part 3: Chord alternation (bar 52-53)
Part 4: Slower harmonic rhythm, with Eb pedal in bass. (bar 54-60)
Part 5: Alternation of minor/diminished chords, with I and V pedal notes in bass. (bar 61-68)
Bar 61-68: Bridge into Theme 2.
Bar 68-76: Theme 2 (starting on the upbeat of bar 68).
Bar 101: Closing Theme


Bar 140: Short development, mostly based on material from the intro.
Bar 159-162: Based on bar 89-92
Bar 169-193: Transition (extended version of the transition in the Intro)


Bar 194: Theme 1A (Theme 1B is missing)
Bar 208: Modified version of closing theme. (Note values are halved)
Bar 217,224: Reference to Theme 1A, with a new figure (ascending chromatic chords) in bar 219.
Bar 237: Theme 2 (incomplete, “unanswered” version)


Bar 261: Coda. Based on the transition from the Intro.


II. (Theme and Variations)

Theme + 5 variations. Nothing more to be said here…

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 in C major Op.26 Analysis 2

III. Allegro ma non troppo

Broadly in Ternary form. (A-B-A)

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3 in C major Op.26 Analysis 3


Bar 1-9: Theme 1A. Angular, and based entirely on white keys only.
Bar 8: Theme 1B. Leaping triads and short passages of scales.
Bar 13-14: Motif for Theme 1C. (Beat 3 of bar 13 and beat 1 of bar 14)
Bar 20: Theme 1A
Bar 33: Theme 1B
Bar 37: Motif from 13-14, shifted into beats 1 and 2.
Bar 43: Theme 1C. Uses motif from bar 13-14, with short passages of scales.
Bar 66-82: Mix of Theme 1A and 1C between the orchestra and piano.
Bar 83: Codetta
Bar 110: Closing theme. Repeated octaves.


Bar 147: Theme 2. Lyrical and slow.
Bar 170: New Theme. Dissonant and played by the piano.
Bar 200: Theme 2 in E major (Development of Theme 2.)


Bar 275: Theme 1A. (Theme 1B and 1C are missing.)
Bar 376: CODA. Leads to a brilliant ending.



Orchestral Accompaniment of Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3, tempo matched to Van Cliburn and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Walter Hendl.

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