Igor Stravinksy in Saint Petersburg - at the end of the 1880's

from Memories and Commentaries, page 23:

My first experience of a public musical performance was at the Mariyinsky Theatre. My impressions of it are mixed with what I have been told, of course, but as a child of seven or eight I was taken to see A Life for the Tsar. The spectacle of the theatre itself and of the audience bewildered me and my mother said later that as I watched the stage, carried away by the sound of the orchestra – perhaps the greatest thrill of my life was the sound of that first orchestra – I asked her, as in Tolstoy, ‘Which one is the theatre?’

cite as

Igor Stravinksy and Robert Craft, Memories and Commentaries (Queen Square, London, 2002), p. 23. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1450212216582 accessed: 23 May, 2024

location of experience: Saint Petersburg


Igor Stravinksy
[…] Composer, Conducting, Musician, Pianist

Listening to

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'A Life for the Tsar'
written by Mikail Ivanovich Glinka

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of the 1880's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 15 Dec 2015 20:43:36 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:04:49 +0100