Sergei Prokofiev in Bohemian Club, New York City - 2 February, 1920, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 2 February 1920, page 470:

Our Zimro Ensemble then played the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, serious and boring music, a set of Variations by Gnessin, ditto, and my Overture. This sounded most attractive, occasionally a little strident (for the information of future performers, the clarinet should not force the tone and the piano should not be too percussive) that as an antidote to the inertness of the preceding corpses its freshness and vigour brought the audience back to life and provoked thunderous applause. The Overture had to be repeated, and I followed it with a performance of the Third Sonata.

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 2 February 1920, p. 470. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Bohemian Club, New York City


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Zimro Ensemble
Clarinet Quintet
written by Johannes Brahms
performed by Zimro Ensemble
written by Mikhail Gnessin
performed by Zimro Ensemble

Experience Information

Date/Time 2 February, 1920, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


A performance at the Bohemian Club (members-only event, not open to the public).

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:11:02 +0000
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:37:13 +0100