Sergei Prokofiev in New York City - 3 January, 1926, in the afternoon

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 3 January 1926, page 245:

Afterwards we went to Damrosch's concert, but were late and caught only a snatch of Gershwin's Concerto, performed by the composer. Gershwin has made a big name for himself in jazz and is now branching out into serious, or to be precise 'half-breed', music, composing jazz concertos. America has jumped at this, and indeed I do believe that this may be the way forward to a national American music. I must admit that there is much that is attractive in the Concerto; it is inventive and full of energy as far as rhythm is concerned, but the material is thin and that is, after all, the main thing.…   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 3 January 1926. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 245. accessed: 2 October, 2023

location of experience: New York City


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Concerto for Piano
written by George Gershwin
performed by George Gershwin

Experience Information

Date/Time 3 January, 1926, in the afternoon
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 03 Jun 2016 23:21:51 +0100
Approved on Mon, 15 May 2017 12:01:37 +0100