Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 9 January, 1916

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 9 January 1916, page 67:

Today I succeeded in arranging dual rehearsals: one with the strings and one with the wind, proceeding simultaneously in the hall and in the foyer. The string rehearsal was a very lively affair and I brought the violins out in a sweat learning the passage-work. The harmonics were less satisfactory, squealing and out of tune. A lot of the musicians laughed, but I paid no attention. And when some of them pulled indignant faces, seeing for example that they had to play a C while their neighbour at the next desk had a C sharp, I explained as follows: 'The note is written as a C sharp as a …   more >>

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 9 January 1916, p. 67. accessed: 19 June, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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String rehearsal of 'Ala i Lolli'
written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by String section of the Imperial Conservatoire orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time 9 January, 1916
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sat, 19 Dec 2015 00:28:14 +0000
Approved on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:44:49 +0100