Christoph Willibald Gluck in Paris - 15 November, 1777

from Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte., pages 49,50:

The fact is that the opera [Armide], which was said to be a failure, has earned 37,200 livres in seven performances, not including subscriptions or boxes rented by the year. Yesterday, at the eighth performance, they took in 5,767 livres. Never was there such a throng and such unbroken silence. The parterre was so closely packed that one man, when asked by the usher to remove his hat, replied: “You take is off, because I can’t move my arms.” This aroused laughter. / I saw people leaving with their hair disordered and their clothes as soaked as if they had fallen into a …   more >>

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Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte (ed.), Letters of composers : an anthology, 1603-1945 / compiled and edited by Gertrude Norman and Miriam Lubell Shrifte. (New York, 1979), p. 49,50. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1424648566141 accessed: 22 November, 2017

location of experience: Paris

Listeners

Christoph Willibald Gluck
Composer
1714-1787

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Opera Armide
written by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Experience Information

Date/Time 15 November, 1777
Medium live
Listening Environment in public

Notes

Letter from Christoph Willibald von Gluck to the Comtesse de Fries, Paris, November 16, 1777.


Originally submitted by verafonte on Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:42:46 +0000
Approved on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:28:16 +0000