Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 3 December, 1912

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 3 December 1912, page 248:

They also rehearsed Glazunov's Cantata, a work of stupendously little talent. The way he has borrowed the theme from Rubinstein's Fourth Concerto is just inept and stupid. However, the billing and cooing of the trumpets with the clarinets just before the entry of the chorus is not bad.* The choral section is quite short and rather good, it sounds truly triumphant. I would very much have liked to hear the Rubinstein theme ringing out in triumph on the brass against the background of the massed choir, that would really have been effective, but it loses its point when Glazunov presents it at …   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 3 December 1912. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 248. accessed: 9 June, 2023

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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written by Aleksandr Glazunov
performed by Students of the Imperial Russian Conservatoire

Experience Information

Date/Time 3 December, 1912
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


* Later note by Prokofiev: "This later gave me the idea of combining trumpets and clarinets in the sunrise section of the Scythian Suite."

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:11:01 +0100
Approved on Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:12:59 +0100