Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - early March, 1908

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 2 March 1908, page 42:

The Conservatoire, with student forces, is putting on an opera by a student, Galkovsky: The Gypsies, along with Cui's short opera The Snow Prince. As I predicted, The Gypsies is terrible. It has practically no material to speak of, and contains so little of interest that one can only pray for deliverance from it! It does have two beautiful but unrelated leitmotivs: Aleko's and the betrayal theme, but the main Gypsies theme has simply been plagiarized and the rest is all either dull or stolen, and sometimes both. I have already had some intercourse with the composer, but it has usually ended…   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 2 March 1908. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 42. accessed: 24 April, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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The Gypsies
written by Alexander Galkovsky
performed by Students of the Imperial Conservatoire

Experience Information

Date/Time early March, 1908
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Mon, 09 Feb 2015 22:36:49 +0000
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:21:39 +0100