excerpt from 'Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 10 May 1920' pp. 508-509 (141 words)

excerpt from 'Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 10 May 1920' pp. 508-509 (141 words)

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Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 10 May 1920

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Stravinsky and I left where he was staying to go to Mme Edwards*, where we found Diaghilev as well. Here I was made to play Visions Fugitives and Tales of an Old Grandmother. I did not play them very well, having forgotten them and not having touched a piano for three weeks. Diaghilev and Stravinsky liked best the third of the Grandmother's Tales and the fifteenth Vision, but obviously still retained the strongest impression of the Second Piano Concerto, which Diaghilev begged me to remember and play, but which I neither could nor would. When I played them Medtner's Fairy Tale, Op. 8, and then wanted to go on to Scriabin, they chorused their disapproval, at which I told them that they suffered from a blinkered, émigré perspective. Diaghilev retorted that a cannon firing along a narrow line is still a cannon.

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