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

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 24 March 1914, page 630:

I began Act II in a foul mood but gradually recovered myself. I was very nervous about the finale of this act, especially on account of Mandelbaum, who as expected sang unrhythmically, forcing me to alternate between speeding up and slowing down the tempo, completely unsettling the pace so that it was a great relief when he left the stage. In this way the second act came successfully to an end, and Gabel was as nice as can be during the interval, presumably to make up for his earlier assault over the chorus.

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 24 March 1914. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 630. accessed: 6 June, 2023

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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The Marriage of Figaro, Act II
written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
performed by Mandelbaum, Student performers of the Imperial Conservatoire (second cast), Sergei Prokofiev

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 23:54:13 +0000
Approved on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:30:10 +0100