Sergei Prokofiev in Metropolitan Opera House - 18 February, 1926, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 18 February 1926, pages 270-271:

In the afternoon I attended the general rehearsal of Carpenter's Skyscrapers. The history of this ballet is as follows: Diaghilev, dining with Carpenter, had once said to him, 'Why is it that you Americans have never written a genuinely American ballet?' and started improvising, dreaming up skyscrapers, machines and so on. Carpenter took the bait and, his imagination fired, composed a ballet along these lines, and a year later presented himself to Diaghilev in Paris with these words: 'I have composed the ballet you were speaking about, and have come specially from Chicago to …   more >>

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Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 18 February 1926. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 270-271. accessed: 25 May, 2024

location of experience: Metropolitan Opera House


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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written by John Alden Carpenter
performed by Metropolitan Dance Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 February, 1926, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Mon, 02 Jan 2017 23:21:21 +0000
Approved on Mon, 15 May 2017 11:55:51 +0100