Sergei Prokofiev in St. Petersburg - in the middle of 1909

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 31 May 1909, page 99:

At present I'm in Sontsovka writing a Sinfonietta. This is how the idea of the piece came into being. Scriabin's 'Extase' was being played at a Belyayev concert, and at the rehearsal it was being dismembered section by section, each excerpt being repeated several times. When they got to the end, I assumed there would be a complete run-through from the beginning, but instead ... suddenly they launched into Rimsky-Korsakov's Sinfonietta. It was such an unexpected contrast that Myaskovsky and I could not help looking at one another and bursting out laughing. After Scriabin's elaborately …   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 31 May 1909. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 99. accessed: 4 April, 2020

location of experience: St. Petersburg


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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written by Alexander Scriabin
written by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:20:53 +0000
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:42:38 +0100