excerpt from 'Sergey Prokofiev diaires: 24 February 1908' pp. 41 (223 words)

excerpt from 'Sergey Prokofiev diaires: 24 February 1908' pp. 41 (223 words)

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Sergey Prokofiev diaires: 24 February 1908

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On Thursday 14th M. M. Chernov at last introduced me to the 'Evenings of Contemporary Music'. I took along some of my short piano pieces, volumes two and three (up to and including 'Entreaties'). Only four people were there: Nurok, Nouvel, Medem and Senilov. Mikhail Mikhailovich gave me a very warm recommendation and I sat down to play my pieces. The first was 'Snow', which at once grabbed their attention and pleasantly surprised them: original, descriptive logical and beautiful were some of the adjectives they used to describe it. They very much liked the other pieces as well, and afterwards they all came rushing up and enfolded me in their embrace. 'You must absolutely come to our Thursdays and bring whatever you have written!' Medem (for a long time I did not realize he was a teacher at the Conservatoire) asked me, 'Did you graduate from the Conservatoire as a pianist?' 'Excuse me, I'm still on the Junior course!' 'The Junior course?? You have such a marvellous technique, and your octaves are so good.' 'You may not believe this, but, I've just come from a lesson with Winkler, where I really came to grief with my octaves!' Later on Myaskovsky greeted me by saying, 'Nouvel tells me you created a furore at the "Contemporaries" with your pieces!'

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