Sergei Prokofiev in Saint Petersburg Conservatory - 25 April, 1913

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 25 April 1913, page 380:

Shaposhnikov played through the Introduction and Dance from his ballet which bored me to tears. It is very modern, cheap, intricate stuff without a trace of music. It's not difficult to conduct, but there will be a lot of work involved in learning the score, which is very floridly presented and about a square arshin in size*. After this Karnovich played his Variations. This music is not at all modern in style, well crafted without being particularly talented, witty in places and on the whole, it must be admitted, very nice. Four of the ten variations were cut, and the composer will…   more >>

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Sergey Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 25 April 1913. In Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries 1907-1914 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 380. accessed: 3 October, 2023

location of experience: Saint Petersburg Conservatory


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Introduction and Dance from Ballet
written by Adrian Shaposhnikov
performed by Adrian Shaposhnikov
written by Yuri Karnovich
performed by Yuri Karnovich

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 April, 1913
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


Playthrough of repertoire ahead of Graduation Concert rehearsals. * 71 centimetres

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:33:26 +0100
Approved on Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:15:58 +0100