excerpt from 'Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 13 February 1926' pp. 269 (153 words)

excerpt from 'Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 13 February 1926' pp. 269 (153 words)

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Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 13 February 1926

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An evening of contemporary music, with a dull quartet by Casella and Stravinsky's Les Noces. The interest in the hall was palpable; a lot of musicians were present. Stokowski conducted, but he had not thoroughly studied the score, and got away with it only because the four pianos were in reliable hands: Casella, Tailleferre, Enesco and Salzedo.

It went pretty well, and it was very enjoyable to listen to Les Noces. When all is said and done it is Stravinsky's best work. It was a huge success. The programme opened with Les Noces, then Casella's piece (worthless and boring) and then Les Noces was repeated. Sitting in one of the front rows was Rachmaninoff. As soon as he was that the musicians were taking their places to play Les Noces again, he rushed headlong out of the hall, knocking over chairs and treading on the toes of all who were in his path.

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