Artur Rubinstein in New York City - 1 March, 1920

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 1 March 1920, page 482:

Rubinstein called. I played him the Myaskovsky Sonata, which he liked, but not excessively. My Tales of an Old Grandmother, however, pleased him enormously. 'They are so simple!' he said. I said I though I had called a halt to progress in the sense of searching for new paths. Rubinstein was delighted, and exclaimed: 'That is splendid! Believe me, whenever I see a composer deciding it is time to stop innovating, that is precisely the time he embarks on his new path.' I then played him Renata's hysterical scene, which sent him into ecstasy.

cite as

http://data.open.ac.uk/led/person/Sergey+Prokofiev/1450307447086, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 1 March 1920, p. 482. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1452379145625 accessed: 24 October, 2021

location of experience: New York City

Listeners

Artur Rubinstein
Concert pianist
1887-1982

Listening to

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'Renata's hysterical scene' from 'The Fiery Angel'
written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Sergei Prokofiev
Fourth Piano Sonata
written by Alexander Scriabin, Nikolai Myaskovsky
performed by Sergei Prokofiev
Tales of an Old Grandmother
written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 1 March, 1920
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sat, 09 Jan 2016 22:39:05 +0000
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:37:32 +0100