Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 17 October, 1914, in the afternoon

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 17 October 1914, page 760:

Went to my English lesson at half past one. I had not learned so many words for today, nevertheless was praised and told there was every hope I would soon be able to speak really well. I then went to the Conservatoire to listen to the Quinquennial Competition, in which female students who have graduated during the past five years are eligible to compete. I got there near the end to hear Poznyakova play Liszt's Mephisto with staggeringly pearly brilliance. If only there were a modicum of brains to occupy the vacuum inside her skull she would be a marvellous pianist. …   more >>

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 17 October 1914. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 760. accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Mephisto Waltz
written by Franz Liszt
performed by Natalya Poznyakovskaya

Experience Information

Date/Time 17 October, 1914, in the afternoon
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:40:14 +0100
Approved on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:33:08 +0100