Sergei Prokofiev in Beshtau - mid August, 1909

from Sergey Prokofiev diaires: 21 August 1909, pages 107-108:

The lezginka dancer was a very small, very young girl, about sixteen years old, very pretty and delicate, in a pale blue blouse and black skirt, and an expression of sheer terror on her face. We talked for a while, I calmed her down and cheered her up, laughing and joking as I was used to doing in the artists' room at the Conservatoire. When she went on stage I sat opposite. I didn't much like the dance itself, but I found the music really attractive. It consisted of repeated four-bar phrases supported by a primitive kind of harmony. Just before it ended I got up and went to join Gorsky in …   more >>

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Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaires: 21 August 1909. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 107-108. accessed: 5 December, 2023

location of experience: Beshtau


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Lezginka music performed by Musicians from Pyatigorsk

Experience Information

Date/Time mid August, 1909
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:39:15 +0000
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:44:38 +0100