Come ride with us on Prokofiev’s Troika! 🙂

We’ve written out the Troika theme, from Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Lieutenant Kijé Suite’, in G, D, and A major. It’s *such* a great tune, perfect for getting to know the major scale (it uses all eight notes of the one-octave major scale, and not a note more!)

A Troika is a traditional Russian sled or carriage drawn by three-horses side-by-side. Prokofiev took his inspiration for the Troika theme from an old Hussar song… speed it up, throw in some sleigh bells, rapid strumming strings and a trotting piano accompaniment and Prokofiev brilliantly conjures the feeling of a bracing charge through the snowy Russian landscape.

It’s hard not to think of Christmas when listening to Troika, not least because legendary prog rocker Greg Lake (of Emerson, Lake and Palmer fame) used it in his Christmas classic, ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’.

Enjoy the ride and wrap up warm! 🙂


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