Sergei Prokofiev in Paris - 23 June, 1925, at night

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 23 June 1925, page 186:

Arthur Rubinstein played a Chopin Concerto, and I fail to understand why a pianist as abreast as he is of contemporary developments should play Chopin with such a serious mien. In my opinion Chopin is a composer it is simply not possible to hear nowadays: it would have been a different matter fifty years ago, and will be fifty years hence, when it will be possible to apprehend him as one does Mozart.

cite as

Sergei Prokofiev, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 23 June 1925. In Sergey Prokofiev, and Anthony Phillips (ed.), Sergey Prokofiev diaries, volume 3 (Ithaca N.Y, 2006), p. 186. accessed: 25 July, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Piano Concerto
written by Chopin
performed by Arthur Rubinstein

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 June, 1925, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


At a concert of Polish music in Paris.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 27 May 2016 23:53:52 +0100
Approved on Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:59:05 +0100