Sergei Prokofiev in Paris - 26 May, 1924, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 26 May 1924, pages 57-58:

In the evening, the opening of the Diaghilev season: a glittering assembly of the beau monde. I was most interested to hear Poulenc's ballet Les Biches, but was not so much disappointed as dismayed. The material is danceable in a barrel-organish sort of way, but naive. As for the musical material, good luck to him, far be it from me to cross swords with him; obviously he resorts to it because he thinks it reflects the times we live in. So be it. But the truth is he doesn't make particularly good use of it, it all lacks form (the whole thing consists of four-bar phrases …   more >>

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 26 May 1924. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 57-58. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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performed by Orchestra of the Ballets Russes

Experience Information

Date/Time 26 May, 1924, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:42:56 +0100
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:00:42 +0100