Most of the symphony is emotionally restrained, nostalgic and melancholy in mood, including the ending of the Vivace final movement. However, Prokofiev was later convinced to add an energetic and optimistic coda, so as to win the Stalin Prize of 100,000 rubles (because of official disapproval, Prokofiev was living in poverty at this time). Before he died, Prokofiev indicated that the original quiet ending was to be preferred.
The premiere was well-received, and in 1957, four years after Prokofiev’s death, the symphony was awarded the Lenin Prize.
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 [1951–52]
III. Andante espressivo