Alexey Kal in Los Angeles - 25 December, 1920, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 25 December 1920, page 562:

Kal* appeared at noon with Ilya Tolstoy**, the son of the writer, and Nyushel, a wealthy and charming Russian Jew. We got on a bus and went to Nyushel's for lunch, staying until seven o'clock in the evening. After the letter 'ж' incident Kal said not a word about Ariadna***, and she herself did not appear yesterday either, although she had said she would. But when I played Tales of an Old Grandmother Kal, deeply moved, came to me and unobtrusively kissed my hand.

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 25 December 1920, p. 562. accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: Los Angeles


Alexey Kal
Music Critic, Professor of Music History

Listening to

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Tales of an Old Grandmother
written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 December, 1920, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


* Alexey Kal, music critic and former professor of music history at St. Petersburg University. ** Ilya Tolstoy, Lev Tolstoy's third child and second son. *** Kal and Ariadna Rumanova (née Nikolskaya) had played a joke on S.P. regarding the particular way the composer wrote the cyrillic letter 'ж'

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:27:12 +0000
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:54:51 +0100