The principal melody in this movement is taken from an old Hussar song, for which Prokofiev provided an optional baritone part. The melody first appears in a slow and somewhat dissonant statement, after which the pace quickens: sleigh bells, rapid pizzicato strings, and piano combine to give the impression of a fast winter's journey by means of the troika, a traditional Russian three-horse sled.
Difficulty - Easy
Student Years 2-3
Troika (from “Lieutenant Kije”) - Prokofiev