Sergei Prokofiev in Fifth Avenue, New York City - 1 January, 1919

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 18 [31] December 1918, page 373:

When I took my watch out at a quarter to twelve, the hostess [Mme Lewisohn], sitting next to me, asked: 'Surely you are not rushing off?' 'No,' I replied, 'but I should like to know how near we are to the New Year.' She smiled. 'Don't worry, when it comes there will be such a racket.'

And indeed, a racket there was. People whirled rattles, tinkled little bells, blew toy trumpets. In front of every place at the table was some kind of object to make a noise with. The racket went on for five minutes, after which we all stood up and drank champagne - which, as a matter of fact, we had …   more >>

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 18 [31] December 1918, p. 373. accessed: 23 March, 2023

location of experience: Fifth Avenue, New York City


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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New Year's music performed by Guests, Mme Lewisohn, Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 1 January, 1919
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Mon, 04 Jan 2016 00:15:44 +0000
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:29:39 +0100