Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 14 November, 1913, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 14 November 1913, page 542:

After this came the Liszt concerto. Shklyarevskaya* was very nervous and went badly to pieces. To perform a difficult work with an unrhythmical soloist is not a situation calculated to make anyone feel secure. We were escorted on to the stage as if going into battle: 'It'll be fine, God willing, it will go well...' 'Whatever happens, the most important thing is not to get lost...' and so on.

As soon as I found myself on the podium, I found it quite funny. There were in the end no disasters in the concerto performance; Tcherepnin found three places to criticize, but these were not …   more >>

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 14 November 1913. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 542. accessed: 30 January, 2023

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Piano Concerto
written by Franz Liszt, Camille Saint-Saƫns, Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Shkarovskaya, Student orchestra of the Imperial Conservatoire, Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 14 November, 1913, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


At the Imperial Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra concert on 14 November 1913 * Properly, Shkarovskaya

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sun, 01 Nov 2015 23:37:27 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:42:37 +0100