Sergei Prokofiev in on a trip from Kama River to Perm - late May, 1917

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: May 1917, page 202:

A little while later, meeting her on deck, I asked her if she would play some more. At first she declined, but when I said that I was not a player at all, later admitting that, perhaps, just a little, not as good as she was, she consented, but only oncondition that I play for her as well. We* agreed to draw lots for which of us should begin and tossed down a 3-kopeck piece. 'Heads!' I cried, but it was tails. I assumed that meant I would have to play, having lost the toss, but she exclaimed sulkily: 'Oh, its tails. So it's my turn.'

And proceeded to play a Beethoven sonata. I was …   more >>

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: May 1917, p. 202. accessed: 7 December, 2023

location of experience: on a trip from Kama River to Perm


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Piano sonata
written by Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by Girl from Sarapul

Experience Information

Date/Time late May, 1917
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


S.P. and a fello traveller and pianist from Sarapul in Udmurtia

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sat, 02 Jan 2016 21:06:00 +0000
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:20:51 +0100