Students of the Bestuzhev Institute in Saint Petersburg et al. - 23 November, 1913, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 23 November 1913, page 549:

At half past ten a student in a car came to take me to the evening of contemporary literature and music at the Bestuzhev Institute. When I got there, Igor Severyanin was reading - or rather mumbling - his verses. The students raved and howled in ecstasy, endlessly demanding encores. 

After the interval I played my pieces, on a fairly dreadful piano whose forte was tolerable but whose piano was execrable. Yulia Weisberg had warned me to choose a reasonably accessible repertoire for these musically non-specialist female students, so I played …   more >>

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 23 November 1913. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 549. accessed: 13 April, 2024

location of experience:


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

hide composers
Little compositions
written by Vyacheslav Karatygin
Piano pieces
written by Nikolai Medtner, Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Sergei Prokofiev
written by Igor Stravinsky
performed by Gury Stravinsky

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 November, 1913, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:02:44 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:44:56 +0100