Alexander Aslanian - 19 August, 1913

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 19 August 1913, pages 484-485:

I changed my clothes and went to play my Concerto to Aslanov. I am not convinced that he understood the music, but he said that it was not a difficult work to conduct, and generally took a favourable attitude to it. 'But oh! what a pianist we've lost in you!' he cried.

I asked why he would say that. Either I play well, in which case the world has not lost a pianist; or I don't, when it follows that I am not a good pianist hence there is no loss to regret. He explained that what he meant was, I am so burdened with my composing and conducting activities I do not have the time to …   more >>

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Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 19 August 1913. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 484-485. accessed: 21 May, 2024


Alexander Aslanian

Listening to

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Second Piano Concerto
written by Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff
performed by Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 August, 1913
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:57:16 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:28:05 +0100