A voice from the pit : reminiscences of an orchestral musician

A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician

type of source

Memoir/autobiography

published in

1988

original language

urn:iso:std:iso:639:ed-3:eng

publisher

F&W Media International

title

A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician

ISBN

0715391208

publication place

Newton Abbot

publishing status

published

author

Richard Temple Savage

type

Document

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1431361399750: The vagaries of principal singers have engraved tw...

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1431361470898: This same year, 1949, saw the first performance of...

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