Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 12 December, 1913, in the morning

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 12 December 1913, page 567:

The singers today were only marking, singing at half-voice, the orchestra played abominably although they were indignant when I shouted at them. The basses and cellos were not there at all, and Annenkov thought it would be a good idea to replace them with temporary substitutes who had not the slightest idea about Aida. They played so many wrong notes that I sent them packing and asked Tvordovsky to play their parts on the piano. In short, nothing of any value was achieved today; it merely served to demoralize.

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 12 December 1913. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 567. accessed: 6 December, 2023

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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written by Giuseppe Verdi
performed by Student orchestra and singers of the Imperial Conservatoire, Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 12 December, 1913, in the morning
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Rehearsal of the opera scenes.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Wed, 04 Nov 2015 10:43:14 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:50:09 +0100