Sergei Prokofiev in Pavlovsk Palace, Saint Petersburg

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 23 August 1914, page 488:

I was extremely worried in the Intermezzo that I might modulate to a tonality I did not mean to, and indeed this did happen, resulting in a highly disagreeable moment when I heard the orchestra coming in in a different key to the one I had landed on. Nevertheless I quickly managed to extricate myself. and in the Finale I was quite calm and it went better.

Following the violent concluding chord there was silence in the hall for a few moments. Then, boos and catcalls were answered with loud applause, thumping of sticks and calls for 'encore'. I came out twice to acknowledge the …   more >>

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 23 August 1914. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 488. accessed: 29 February, 2024

location of experience: Pavlovsk Palace, Saint Petersburg


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Premiere of S.P.'s second piano concerto, at the Pavlovsk concert series.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 30 Oct 2015 22:39:45 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:34:20 +0100