Sergei Prokofiev - 25 October, 1913, in the afternoon

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 25 October 1913, page 529:

At home I finished composing and tidying up my Musical Letter to Zakharov. I had had the idea for this in Helsingfors, working out all the text and music as I walked along embankments and sat in a Finnish café. The music is of course not serious, but it is, I think, the first time that I have composed away from the piano.

Don't laugh, it's not at all a bad method. When I got back to St Petersburg and sat down to play on the piano what I had written, to start with I hated it, but a day later I already liked it. 

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Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 25 October 1913. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 529. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1446333519080 accessed: 23 September, 2021

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Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician
1891-1953

Listening to

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A Musical Letter to B. S. Zakharov in Vienna from S. S. Prokofiev in St Petersburg [sans op.]
written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 October, 1913, in the afternoon
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:18:39 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:37:10 +0100