Sergei Prokofiev in Gurzuf, Crimea - 31 July, 1913

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 28 July 1913, pages 473-474:

I did not particularly care for Vera*, but for Nina I certainly did. On one occasion she brought me her autograph album and asked me to write something in it. This is approximately what I wrote:

'The following is an account of events that took place in Gurzuf on 31 July 1913. "Bring me 'Rigaudon' this very instant," squealed Nina shrilly. Obedient to her command I brought the manuscript, played the piece, and enquired whether it would be a good piece to play as an encore at Pavlovsk, should the occasion demand it. "Don't bother, it's such rubbish!" Nina decided. "Nobody will like it…   more >>

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 28 July 1913. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 473-474. accessed: 11 December, 2023

location of experience: Gurzuf, Crimea


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Nina Meshcherskaya

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 July, 1913
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary


* Nina Meshcherskaya's cousin

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:34:17 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:25:32 +0100