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.
http://data.open.ac.uk/led/person/Sergey+Prokofiev/1450307447086, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 25 December 1920, p. 562. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1452644832069 accessed: 28 November, 2023
Listening tohide composers
Tales of an Old Grandmother
written by Sergei Prokofiev
|performed by Sergei Prokofiev|
|Date/Time||25 December, 1920, at night|
|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'