My concert took place yesterday. For the first time, I publicly played the 3rd Sonata and the “Transience”. Of course, the premiere should have been given in Petrograd, and not Kislovodsk, but I look at this performance as a rehearsal before the concert in the capital. See more
I believed that it would be full: Kislovodsk was filled up to the brim with people from Petrograd and Moscow, who could have potentially known me, but there were very few of them. Through the hole in the curtain I saw, in the fifth row, TaliaPrincess Vera Meshcherskaya, cousin of Peter Struve, the maid of honor of one of the great princesses. After the October Revolution, she emigrated to France, where she became head of the "Russian House". Organized a cemetery for Russian emigrants in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois. and Vera Nikolaevna; despite my intense search, I didn’t see NinaNina Meshcherskaya is the daughter of the banker Alexei Meshchersky. Sergei Prokofiev was in love with her.. The concert was averagely successful: the public liked how I played, but it did not understand what I was playing.
The traditional history of the Russian intelligentsia is over. It was in power, and there was hell on earth. Indeed, the Russian revolution has some great mission, but the mission is not creative, but negative - it must expose the lie and emptiness of some idea that the Russian intelligentsia was obsessed with and with which it poisoned the Russian people.
In the corridors of Smolny, I spoke with Kamenev, a little man with a reddish pointed beard and Gallic gestures. He was not at all sure that enough delegates would come. See more
“If there is a Congress,” he said, “it will represent the overwhelming sentiment of the people. If the majority is Bolshevik, as I think it will be, we shall demand that the power be given to the Soviets, and the Provisional Government must resign.”
Volodarsky, a tall, pale youth with glasses and a bad complexion, was more definite. “The ‘Lieber-DansA nickname given to the Mensheviks, comprised out of the last names of their leaders: Lieber and Dan.’ and the other compromisers are sabotaging the Congress. If they succeed in preventing its meeting,—well, then we are realists enough not to depend on that!”
The bourgeois Provisional Government, backed into a corner by the pressing revolution, is trying to wiggle out of it, slapping us with false promises that they are not planning to flee Petrograd and surrender the capital.
The work is so-so… I read proofs of the “Great Revolution” and “Notes”, I see a lot of people. I am preparing another large work - a constructive one, and devote time to the Society of rapprochement with England. Visitors come in the evening, after 8, almost every day.
Two phone calls with Gippius and Merezhkovsky. A phone call with Vengerov (he wants to elect me to the Literature fund. I am so old).
My table is covered with Belyaev's case files (the former Minister of the Military).
My dear Katya!
I am sending you a view of the Governor’s House. On this balcony, we often sat for long periods of time. Our windows face the street behind the trees on the corner. See more
The windows that look out onto the balcony are nearest to the street - this is our big hall, well, here. It is sometimes cold where we are, and then it is good and warm.
A big hello to everyone.
All and all the best, Katya, my dear.
Kisses. Yours A.