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|Music||String Quartet No. 2, Op. 92|
|Dancers||Patricia Wilde, Herbert Bliss, Jillana, Jacques d′Amboise, Yvonne Mounsey, Todd Bolender|
|Premiere||February 18, 1954, City Center of Music and Drama, New York City Ballet|
|Casting Reqs||3 principal couples; 4 couples|
|Notes||In 1942 Prokofiev was living in Nalchik in the eastern Caucasus. Drawing material from the rich, strange and poignant folk music of that region, he composed his second string quartet. He described it as "the combination of the least known varieties of folk song with the most classical form of the quartet."
The first movement follows the sonata form of exposition, development and recapitulation. The second is an adagio based on a Caucasian love song. The final movement derives from a loosely knit series of wild and free Caucasian dances.