Sergei Prokofiev in St. Petersburg - 19 December, 1908

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 19 December 1908, pages 72-73:

Three of Myaskovsky's songs were also performed. Although they are probably his best examples, they met with little success. He was not present himself as he has fallen ill with influenza, or perhaps he was simply too nervous. I like very much his song 'Blood', but it failed to please the audience. One or other of the 'Contemporaries', it may have been Karatygin*, delivered himself of the provocative opinion that Myaskovsky's music has already dated. I interpret this as meaning that until recently the newest trends in music were those Myaskovsky was following, but they have already moved on…   more >>

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Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 19 December 1908. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 72-73. accessed: 10 December, 2023

location of experience: St. Petersburg


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Three Songs
written by Nikolai Myaskovsky

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 December, 1908
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Performance took place at one of the 'Evenings of Contemporary Music'. * Vyacheslav Karatygin (1875 -1925), noted new music critic.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:15:28 +0000
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:32:47 +0100