Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 20 April, 1913, in the afternoon

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 20 April 1913, page 374:

In the afternoon, to get some air, I went into the Conservatoire and sat with Max listening to the final exam performances of the external students ('external to music', as Nikolayev describes them). What a glorious work Rachmaninov's First Concerto is (the first movement)! Even allowing for the thinness of the musical material and a certain immaturity, how lovely is its representation of sincerity, tenderness, and a general feeling of delight. On top of that its pianism is beyond reproach and it is utterly free of routine or uninteresting passages for the soloist. I am speaking here of the…   more >>

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 20 April 1913. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 374. accessed: 14 July, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Piano Concerto, first movement
written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
performed by External student performers at the Imperial Conservatoire

Experience Information

Date/Time 20 April, 1913, in the afternoon
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:28:38 +0100
Approved on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:15:12 +0100