Mateen Millan, on performing Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony

Mateen Millan, on performing Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony

October 22, 2019 0 By Kody Olson


[MUSIC PLAYING] MATEEN MILAN: I
played Prokofiev 5 for the first time in
my last year at Peabody. I got to play a
couple clips of it, but I haven’t really gotten
to big performance yet. So this will be a
first time for that. If there’s one thing I
could tell audience members before listening,
it’s that Prokofiev wrote this piece in the midst of
World War II in Soviet Russia. He wrote it in a
really turbulent time with a lot of hope and a
lot of love for humanity. So for me, as a
performer, I’m thinking about that juxtaposition of kind
of what’s happening around him with how he’s feeling
about humanity. And I think he does
that with wind playing. The brass kind of
makes you think more about the country around him,
but the wind playing really is a portrayal of
the human spirit. I’m honored to be
around, and I think we’ve got a pretty cool
place in this piece. I’m hoping to rise
to the occasion. So wish me luck.