Sergei Prokofiev et al. in New York City - 3 February, 1926

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 3 February 1926, page 262:

Natalya Konstantinovna [Koussevitzky] has come to New York bringing her material for a 'Carmen Suite'. The Moscow Art Theatre has chopped up Carmen and redone Bizet's music. The result is a heightened dramatic intensity, with some of the recitatives replaced by dialogue. It revived in me thoughts of a piece to be constructed on the basis of rhythmic melodic declamation. But for that I would be in Russia, because anything of that ilk would be intimately bound up with the language, and if I were to compose something of the kind it could only be in Russian. Not only that, …   more >>

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 3 February 1926. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 262. accessed: 8 December, 2023

location of experience: New York City


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician
Carlos Salzedo
Composer, Harpist

Listening to

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'Carmen suite' (Shchedrin's transcription)
written by Georges Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin

Experience Information

Date/Time 3 February, 1926
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors


* Carlos Salzédo (1885 - 1961), French-born composer and harpist.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sat, 04 Jun 2016 22:53:47 +0100
Approved on Mon, 15 May 2017 11:57:50 +0100