Sergei Prokofiev in Avenida de los Campos Elíseos - 25 April, 1924, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 25 April 1924, pages 45-46:

In the evening I was at N.K.'s, who was very sympathetic and said she would help find another singer.* From her I went on to hear Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, which was on at the Champs-Elysées. I found it less effective than the concert performance I had heard in the autumn. The staging kept getting in the way of the music, while the music slowed up the action. The passage where the devil declaims rhythmically to the music is marvellous. This is exactly what I have been thinking of. When I met Stravinsky we kissed, and I told him I would like very much to see him to chat …   more >>

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 25 April 1924. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 45-46. accessed: 5 December, 2021

location of experience: Avenida de los Campos Elíseos


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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'L'Histoire du soldat'
written by Igor Stravinsky, Igor Stravinksy
performed by Lydia Lopokova

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 April, 1924, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public


* N.K., Natalya Koussevitzky S.P. had been let down by Vera Janacopulos (Stahl's wife) who had pulled out of the upcoming concert. ** Vera Sudeykina (who would later become Stravinsky's second wife)

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sun, 03 Apr 2016 13:45:36 +0100
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:46:06 +0100