Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - late September, 1909

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 16 September 1909, page 118:

And so, having parted from [Max] Schmidthof, I went into the class, and the lesson soon began. Akhron was the first to play. He was note-perfect, loud and confident, like a gramophone record, but without much artistic feeling.After him came Zakharov. He played well, and with insight, but all the same something was missing; it all had a kind of smoky miasma over it, and Yesipova was dissatisfied. 'You didn't do much work this summer, did you?' she said. 'On the contrary, I worked very hard ... ' And indeed, Zakharov had made strenuous efforts all summer, but with wretchedly poor results.

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 16 September 1909. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 118. accessed: 13 April, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Performances at Yesipova's class at the Imperial Russian Conservatoire performed by Akhron, Boris Zakharov

Experience Information

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


Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:10:05 +0000
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:48:03 +0100