Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 9 April, 1914

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 9 April 1914, page 643:

In the Ballade my performance went all right, but the cellist was inclined to be tentative and at times lagged behind. I heard that Lyapunov spread out his arms in a gesture of disbelief and Blumenfeld occasionally laughed out loud. The audience greeted and listened to us in complete silence - but then there are never more than twenty or thirty people at a chamber music exam. Still I was a little chagrined, however prepared I may have been for a muted response since, strange as it seems to me, the Ballade seems fated not to be understood at first hearing. Our marks were …   more >>

cite as

Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 9 April 1914. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 643. accessed: 14 June, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Ballade for cello and piano
written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Bezrodny, Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 9 April, 1914
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Wed, 16 Dec 2015 12:09:28 +0000
Approved on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:32:13 +0100