Sergei Prokofiev in Biltmore Hotel, New York City - 5 January, 1919, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 5 January 1919, page 379:

Rachmaninoff has conducted himself with great outward civility towards the American public, and this is the very quality that has prevented them from seeing through his mildly insulting arrogance. When after a thunderous ovation they begged him to play some more, he said that he thought an appropriate work to play on an occasion such as this was an Italian polka he had noted down from a mechanical organ. And play it he did, to give him credit, brilliantly. When the audience, not perceiving that the occasion really demanded something rather more substantial, burst into a renewed frenzy of …   more >>

cite as

http://data.open.ac.uk/led/person/Sergey+Prokofiev/1450307447086, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 5 January 1919, p. 379. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1451866979112 accessed: 10 August, 2022

location of experience: Biltmore Hotel, New York City

Listeners

Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician
1891-1953

Listening to

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Italian polka performed by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 January, 1919, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Mon, 04 Jan 2016 00:22:59 +0000
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:29:48 +0100