Natalya Poznyakovskaya et al. - 11 March, 1914, in the afternoon

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 11 March 1914, page 617:

At one o'clock Yesipova telephoned without warning and asked me to go over and play the whole programme through to her. She sat out of sight in an adjoining room, while Kalantarova and Poznyakovskaya ran in and out playing the part of emissaries coveying pronouncements from on high. For my part I was glad to have the chance to play it all to her, because I was still not completely sure about my gradations of tempo in the Beethoven sonata, also about my treatment of the semiquavers in the Bach fugue (the rhythm is maintained the whole time from start to finish). Were they perhaps too …   more >>

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 11 March 1914. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 617. accessed: 19 May, 2024

location of experience:


Natalya Poznyakovskaya
Concert pianist
Olga Kalantarova
Assistant teacher to Anna Yesipova, Pianist
Anna Yesipova
Professor, Pianist
Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Etude No. 3
written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Sergei Prokofiev
written by Johann Sebastian Bach, Laura Kahrer
performed by Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Sonata
written by Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by Sergei Prokofiev
written by Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner
performed by Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 11 March, 1914, in the afternoon
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, solitary


Yesipova, S.P.'s piano professor, had been unwell for several months. Here, she appears to have been listening to his recital programme from her sick-bed and deputing her two (female) teaching assistants, former students Kalantarova and Poznyakovskaya, to pass on her comments and criticisms.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:56:07 +0000
Approved on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:27:56 +0100