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Today in WMH: Knowing When to Hold ‘Em

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4/29 Today in Weird Music History: 1929.  Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s  opera The Gambler is premiered in Brussels.  The opera is sung in French, not unusual at the time for a Russian composer living abroad.  The American premiere of Prokofiev’s work was not until 1975, and was such a flop that the final performance had to be canceled.  I suppose this supports Kenny Rogers prophetic words from another The Gambler, three years hence:

“You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em”

(Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

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1 Comment

  1. May I ask, was it well received in Brussels?

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