Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - early February, 1908

from Sergei Prokofiev diaries: 6 February 1908, page 39:

On Monday I finally got to conduct. When Tcherepnin turned to me and said, 'All right, why don't you have a go at the first movement?' I was so stunned I had to ask him to repeat it: 'What did you say?'

I climbed on to the podium, forgot my score, came down again to get it, went up again, and began. At first it was rather tentative, but things soon fell into place and it all went smoothly. Of course my total lack of experience for example made it hard for me to distinguish one woodwind instrument from another, so when I had to indicate specific entries I couldn't tell where was the …   more >>

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Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Prokofiev diaries: 6 February 1908. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 39. accessed: 23 February, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

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Listening experiences while conducting performed by Student orchestra of the Imperial Conservatoire, Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time early February, 1908
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sun, 08 Feb 2015 15:41:20 +0000
Approved on Fri, 25 May 2018 14:15:22 +0100