Sergei Prokofiev in St. Petersburg - late February, 1909

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 1 March 1909, pages 85-86:

Nurok has arranged a concert of music by young Russian composers to be played at the artist Makovsky's Salon exhibition, and has included three pieces of mine: 'Fairy Tale', 'Despair' and 'Suggestion diabolique'. They were to have been played by Pyshnov* but have now been passed over to Yovonovich**, a pianist known for his skill at sight-reading and for the possession of a fine soprano voice. Yovanovich was supposed to demonstrate how well he had learned my pieces by playing them through to me at Karatygin's house, but all he did was play 'Fairy Tale' execrably, and 'Despair' and 'Phantom'…   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 1 March 1909. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 85-86. accessed: 21 September, 2020

location of experience: St. Petersburg


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Piano pieces
written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Mladen Yovanovich

Experience Information

Date/Time late February, 1909
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


* Probably Leff Pouishnoff (1891 - 1959), virtuoso pianist and also a student of Prokofiev's teacher, Yesipova. ** Mladen Yovanovich [Jovanovic], Serbian-born pianist.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:52:02 +0000
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:39:18 +0100