Sergei Prokofiev in St. Petersburg - mid October, 1908

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 25 October 1908, page 66:

At the end of my 'Suggestion Diabolique', which was greeted with noisy approbation and which had genuinely sounded very effective, Saminsky shyly stole along the wall to the piano, and to his own very tentative accompaniment sang his songs in a quavering, husky little voice, full of hesitations and wrong notes, for which he kept apologizing. He sang one song, to no perceptible reaction, and then another ... the response was the silence of the grave. The song concluded with an augmented triad, of which he was manifestly very proud. Nobody paid the slightest attention. Saminsky then said, …   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 25 October 1908. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 66. accessed: 6 July, 2022

location of experience: St. Petersburg


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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written by Lazare Saminsky
performed by Lazare Saminsky

Experience Information

Date/Time mid October, 1908
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


At the 'Evenings of Contemporary Music'

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:40:12 +0000
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:29:43 +0100