excerpt from 'Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 17 May 1920' pp. 514 (160 words)

excerpt from 'Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 17 May 1920' pp. 514 (160 words)

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Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 17 May 1920

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In the evening I again attended Pulcinella which this time I followed with the score, a model of neatness and clarity that gave me great pleasure. After the performance there was supper at Mme Edwards, where Stravinsky and Diaghilev very nearly came to blows. Stravinsky complained that at the end of Pulcinella the curtain had come down too slowly, to which Diaghilev retorted: C'est parce que tu as raté la fin.'* Stravinsky went for him then, declaring that Pulcinella was a work of genius and that Diaghilev had no understanding of music. Diaghilev objected that all the composers he worked with had been saying that for twenty years, and all his designers that he knows nothing about painting, but thank God it has all been successful, while Pulcinella has been through three phases of composition: (1) Pergolesi - Stravinsky; (2) Stravinsky - Pergolesi; and (3) Stravinsky à la Pergolesi. Eventually they were pulled apart, and five minutes later were drinking champagne peacably together.

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