Sergei Prokofiev in Paris - 24 October, 1924, in the afternoon

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 24 October 1925, page 222:

Rehearsal of The Ugly Duckling, sung by Koshetz and conducted by Bâton. The circumstances were dreadful, since Bâton did not know the piece at all and the orchestral parts were full of mistakes. The wretched copyist had transposed the clarinet parts down three semitones instead of up three semitones, so that they were in E flat rather than A. In the afternoon I buckled down and rewrote the clarinet parts myself. Transposing up a diminished fourth fourth is very difficult. Luckily I hit on the idea of writing them in B flat, so that they could simply be transposed …   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 24 October 1925. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 222. accessed: 13 April, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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The Ugly Duckling, Op. 18
written by Nina Meshcherskaya (librettist), Sergei Prokofiev
performed by René-Emmanuel Baton, Nina Koshetz

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 October, 1924, in the afternoon
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Tue, 24 May 2016 15:39:16 +0100
Approved on Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:21:30 +0100