Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In Recital

Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)
The Pathetic Song
Corcoran Gallery Of Art, Washington

Oil On Canvas
45 Inches By 32 3/16 Inches


Another time after a concert, Prokofiev told a famous singer, who had just performed a few of his songs, that she did not understand anything about his music and had better stop singing it. He said it in the presence of a large group of startled onlookers and in such a boorish way that he brought the poor lady to tears. “You see,” he continued reprimanding her, “all of you women take refuge in tears instead of listening to what one has to say and learning how to correct your faults.”

Nicolas Nabokov, writing in 1951

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