Sergei Prokofiev in St. Petersburg - in the middle of 1911

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 19 June 1911, pages 214-215:

Besides the four pieces of my own, I was due to play piano works by Schoenberg, a new Viennese composer. When these compositions appeared for the first time on Nurok's desk three weeks ago, we were all appalled, perplexed and repelled at the hideous absence of music and senseless dissonances. Not only that, but with their mass of notes and markings of all kinds it was almost impossible to work out how they should be played, and one after the other all the pianists participating in the Evenings declined to perform Schoenberg: Nikolayev, myself, Medem, Richter. Without wasting time on any of …   more >>

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Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 19 June 1911. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 214-215. accessed: 14 April, 2024

location of experience: St. Petersburg


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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2 piano pieces
written by Arnold Schoenberg
Etude No. 3
written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of 1911
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:01:58 +0100
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:08:41 +0100