Visions fugitives are a series of short piano pieces written by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) between 1915 and 1917. They were premiered by Prokofiev on April 15, 1918 in Petrograd, Soviet Union. They are based on a poem written by Russian poet Konstantin Balmont.
The title is French for "Fleeting/Fugitive Visions" which is taken from the following line of poetry by Balmont:
"In every fugitive vision I see worlds, full of the changing play of rainbow hues..."
The pieces, though far from atonal, contain dissonant harmonies similar in nature of music composed by Prokofiev's contemporaries (Schoenberg and Scriabin), although still retaining highly original concepts in both tonality and rhythm.