Sergei Prokofiev - 8 February, 1916

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 8 February 1916, page 86:

Butomo-Nazvamova is going to sing Duckling in Moscow, accompanied by Karatygin. She has transposed it a tone lower, and I heard this version today. The effect of the transposition is extraordinary, it sounds completely different and I found myself listening to some passages as if the music had been written by someone else. This experience may have given me an inkling of what my works must sound like to someone hearing them for the first time and being perplexed by the unfamiliar juxtapositions.

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 8 February 1916, p. 86. accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience:


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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The Ugly Duckling, Op. 18
written by Nina Meshcherskaya (librettist), Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Olga Butomo-Nazvanova

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 February, 1916
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sat, 26 Dec 2015 17:24:31 +0000
Approved on Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:32:23 +0100