|i.||The Adoration of Veles and Ala|
|ii.||The Enemy God and the Dance of the Black Spirits|
|iv.||The Glorious Departure of Lolli and the Procession of the Sun|
THE ANCIENT Scythians, wildly savage, had horrid manners and customs. Herodotus tells us at pleasing length how they sacrificed one in a hundred of their enemies to Mars; how in battle they scalped their foes and drank their blood; how they burned false prophets among their many soothsayers; how they strangled servants of their dead king and seated them upon horses stuffed with chaff to place about the monument. Truly a splendidly barbarous folk.
And in his Scythian suite, Prokofieff has written superbly barbaric music.
This music is something more than roaring, blaring dissonance; something more than eccentric experimentation in harmonic schemes and daring orchestration. The suite is deftly planned; broadly conceived; carried out with rare dramatic intensity.
No matter how wild this music is, there is admirable method in the madness; there is a refreshing mastery in the development