It's one's duty to stay young as long as possible.
Haven’t received any news today, any opinions, other than that the Democratic Conference has opened with a Socialist Revolutionary hitting a Bolshevik in the face. In the evening there was a tenant meeting to elect the house committee - I almost became Chair, but, thankfully, didn’t.
For me, the most important event of September was the composition “Seven, They Are Seven”. It’s something which I’d thought about a lot, something I’d been working towards for along time, and when I finally got down to it, I knew early that something exceptional would be born. On 17th September I finally got to work. I still didn’t write a thing. I didn’t record any music, but some general outlines, occasionally one voice part; I didn’t write notes, but I drew up some general sketches and orchestrations. I enjoyed myself to such an extent that as a reached the climax of my work I had to stop working and go for a walk to calm myself down, otherwise my heart would have burst out of my chest. I didn’t spend long working on “Seven, They Are Seven”, no more than half an hour or an hour per day, and not every day. I thought a great deal. My sketches were completed on 28th September, that’s to say 12 days, of which I only worked 7, and I didn’t writeon the other 5.
The Bolsheviks, having obtained a majority in the Soviets of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies of both capitals, can and must take state power into their own hands. They can because the active majority of revolutionary elements in the two chief cities is large enough to carry the people with it, to overcome the opponent’s resistance, to smash him, and to gain and retain power. See more
One time I was frightened, too, by Diaghilev but not any more - I am working very hard and am making great progress. But this progress is very different from that Diaghilev makes. I am different from Diaghilev, I have a heart - and I work with my heart and soul and hope to develop my spirit. I am no longer Nijinsky of the Russian Ballet - I am Vijinsky of God - I love Him and God loves me.
Gerhard Mutius was sitting next to me at an operetta at the Berlin theatre. He resigned from his post in Warsaw, but believes that everything will turn out well for us in Poland. If we protect Lithuania, we’ll push Poland into Austrian embrace, but it can only get financial support from us.
At the conference, the new Minister for War, Verhovsky, gave a speech. In order to restore the army, we need to reduce the number of personnel: barely one in ten people mobilised to this point were fighters, the rest remained at the rear. In the words of Kerensky: “If I ever sign a death sentence, you will curse me”. Unrest in Nizhny: Soldiers have seized hospitals and have shot the wounded; then they were sent to the front as volunteers”.
The news and rumours from the front are extremely gloomy. The army has no desire to fight whatsoever. They’ve taken Jacobstadt and are preparing to take Dvinsk, but everyone is quite sure that our troops have no intention of holding Dvinsk or Pskov against the Germans — if the Germans wish, they can simply take them. People are saying that some corps have officially reported to their commanders that they refuse to fight any more.
Although the Hermitage and other picture galleries had been evacuated to Moscow, there were weekly exhibitions of paintings. Hordes of the female intelligentzia went to hear lectures on Art, Literature and the Easy Philosophies. It was a particularly active season for Theosophists. See more
It was a nice clear autumn day; it went like all the other days.