Sergei Prokofiev in Paris - 15 June, 1925, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 15 June 1925, page 177:

The evening saw the opening of Diaghilev's season and the premiere of Zéphyr. It was preceded by Pulcinella, which I heard with great pleasure - most skilfully and charmingly done. Then Zéphyr, and with it some disappointment: wan and often clumsy orchestration, not nearly as effective as it sounded on the piano. Braque's settings were flabby, and Kokhno's libretto pointless. Only in the finale, when the nymphs fan out lying on their backs around Boreas and invite him to give himself to them, did the audience get much in the way of …   more >>

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Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 15 June 1925. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 177. accessed: 5 December, 2023

location of experience: Paris


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Z├ęphyr et Flore
written by Vernon Duke
performed by Orchestra of the Ballets Russes
written by Igor Stravinksy, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
performed by Orchestra of the Ballets Russes

Experience Information

Date/Time 15 June, 1925, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 27 May 2016 22:59:38 +0100
Approved on Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:02:17 +0100