Sergei Prokofiev in Paris - 2 June, 1924, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 2 June 1924, page 63:

In the evening Ptashka and I were again at the Vienna Opera for Don Giovanni. This is by far Mozart's best opera both from the musical and the dramatic point of view, and has lost none of its original freshness. The ball scene, with its three orchestras in three configurations, brought back vividly the time I, in full-fig evening dress, conducted on the stage of the Conservatoire. How daring, alive and inventive Mozart was! But if one is to be super-critical, the trick does not quite come off as the ear cannot pick out the three different rhythms, which can only be seen from the score.

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 2 June 1924. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 63. accessed: 21 July, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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'Don Giovanni' K527
written by Mozart
performed by Wiener Staatsoper, Franz Schalk

Experience Information

Date/Time 2 June, 1924, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:19:07 +0100
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:16:29 +0100