Nathan Milstein et al. in SS Rex - 1929

from From Russia to the West : the musical memoirs and reminiscences of Nathan Milstein, page 143:

[… ]Stravinsky, of all the rotten luck, was engrossed in the work, with no sign of ending the session. Piatigorsky was beside himself. He was so afraid he would be late for our date, but didn’t have the nerve to tell Stravinsky about it. And because he was so nervous, the bow jumped out of his hand and slid behind the bridge of the cello! An unusual, whistling sound resulted. Stravinsky literally jumped up. “That’s it! Marvellous! I like it! How did you do it?” After a few tried they decided to use and write down the accidental discovery. I have to give Stravinsky his due here: …   more >>
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Nathan Milstein, and Soloman Volkov (ed.), From Russia to the West : the musical memoirs and reminiscences of Nathan Milstein (:London, 1990), p. 143. accessed: 18 August, 2022

location of experience: SS Rex


Nathan Milstein
Igor Stravinksy
[…] Composer, Conducting, Musician, Pianist

Listening to

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Stravinsky works on a transcription of 'Pulcinella' for cello and piano with Piatigorsky
written by Igor Stravinksy
performed by Igor Stravinksy, Gregor Piatigorsky

Experience Information

Date/Time 1929
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


Piatigorsky, Stravinsky and Milstein were crossing the Atlantic Ocean on board the SS Rex to pursue careers in America.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:53:20 +0100
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:16:39 +0000