Sergei Prokofiev in New York City - 1 October, 1918

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 18 September [1 October] 1918, page 340:

Today we continued the negotiations with the mechanical-piano company, Duo-Art. I played some of my things so that they could see whether they could satisfactorily reproduce them. As an experiment I played the Gavotte from the 'Classical' Symphony, and three minutes later they played back to me my performance, of course without any refinements and rather characterless, but all my accents, ritardandi and wrong notes were there. I was afraid they might exploit the Gavotte and therefore played the middle section in the wrong key in case I needed some evidence to establish their guilt. But when…   more >>

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 18 September [1 October] 1918, p. 340. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: New York City


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

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written by Lulli, Bach, Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 1 October, 1918
Medium playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sun, 03 Jan 2016 00:46:33 +0000
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:26:32 +0100