Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 24 March, 1914, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 24 March 1914, pages 629-630:

I enjoyed conducting the Overture so much that at the first forte I broke my baton into several pieces. Glazunov, sitting in the front row, saw that there was no spare on the conductor's desk, and sent off an attendant to find me another; he brought me no fewer than three.

All went well until we got to the chorus, but they did not look at me at all, I could hardly hear them and we diverged by a semitone, so they were hurriedly shooed off the stage before the end of their number. During the interval Gabel put the blame on me and I put the blame on the chorus. Altogether…   more >>

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 24 March 1914. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 629-630. accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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The Marriage of Figaro, Overture and Act I
written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
performed by Sergei Prokofiev, Student performers of the Imperial Conservatoire

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 March, 1914, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Mon, 14 Dec 2015 23:47:07 +0000
Approved on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:30:00 +0100