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Serge Prokofiev completed this piano concerto in 1913 and dedicated it to one of his conservatoire friends, Maximilian Schmidthof, a brilliant pianist who committed suicide. The concerto also was affected by Prokofiev losing his father that year. The Andantino-Allegretto starts with the introduction of clarinet among pizzicatos before the soloist enters much like the entry in the later third concerto. The cadenza is a brilliant one with enough display of technical bravura. The conclusion to the movement is majestic.

 
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