Sergei Prokofiev in Paris - 9 April, 1924, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 9 April 1924, page 41:

From Koussevitzky I went on to a concert at which Villa-Lobos's Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon was performed. He has an excellent knowledge of these instruments and deploys a mass of interesting ideas in rhythm, sonorities, etc., but he lacks a sense of flow and I am not sure how worthwhile the actual material is. If he were twenty-two, I would say without hesitation that he has the makings of a significant composer, but as he is already thirty-two all one can do is hold back from too harsh a judgement on the less successful passages while awaiting further compositions.

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 9 April 1924. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 41. accessed: 6 December, 2023

location of experience: Paris


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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written by Heitor Villa-Lobos

Experience Information

Date/Time 9 April, 1924, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sun, 03 Apr 2016 13:21:12 +0100
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:45:25 +0100