Sergei Prokofiev in Paris - 16 June, 1925, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 17 June 1925, page 179:

After Matelots came Les Biches, which Poulenc claims to have completely revised and re-orchestrated. In fact it is just as it was before: a bit of tango, a little something filched from Beethoven, a slice of Life for the Tsar. A dilettante - that is the definition of Poulenc, and his ballet was thrown into stark relief alongside Matelots, which is the work of a master and succeeded in sinking its companion without trace. One image, only one, of Les Biches will remain, and that is the seductive silhouette of Nemchinova*.

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 17 June 1925. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 179. accessed: 29 September, 2023

location of experience: Paris


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Les Biches
written by Francis Poulenc
performed by Orchestra of the Ballets Russes

Experience Information

Date/Time 16 June, 1925, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


* Vera Nemchinova (1899 - 1984), at this time effectively Diaghilev's prima ballerina.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 27 May 2016 23:38:30 +0100
Approved on Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:01:05 +0100