Prokofiev and his family moved into a small top floor-apartments in Paris. Prokofiev spent much time practicing a revised version of his second piano concerto (which was to be premiered 8 May 1924). The apartment manager demanded that Prokofiev cease playing. His wife Lina recalled Prokofiev’s response:
All right then, you don’t want to hear my music, but I have the right to do whatever I like in my own apartment. Instead of playing music I’ll start hammering boxes together.” Placing a box on the floor, he started banging on it with a hammer. That’s how it ended – apparently the neighbours threw up their hands and gave in.
Cited in: Jaffé, Daniel (1998) Sergey Prokofiev. London: Phaidon Press Limited, p.93.