Sergei Prokofiev in Paris - 18 June, 1925

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 18 June 1925, pages 179-180:

One jolly little tune from Matelots we liked very much; we sing it to Svyatoslav and it makes him laugh. When I asked Auric if it was some kind of folk song, he candidly revealed that he had taken the rhythm from a Tchaikovsky tune he particularly liked and fitted a new melody to it. Then and there he played the Tchaikovsky melody to us, which incidentally was completely dissimilar to his own. Auric is a nice lad, a bit of a daft bumpkin, but with his heart in the right place.

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 18 June 1925. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 179-180. accessed: 30 May, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Tune from 'Matelots'
written by Georges Auric
performed by Georges Auric

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 June, 1925
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sun, 29 May 2016 12:07:15 +0100
Approved on Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:58:38 +0100