Richard Temple Savage in Royal College of Music - 1934

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 23:

Beecham's next visit to the College was in 1934 to conduct three performances of Delius' "A Village Romeo and Juliet" by which time I had graduated to playing bass clarinet. It was a work ideally suited to a student performance as it required a large orchestra and a vast number of small-part singers; also we could have unlimited rehearsal time. At the early rehearsals we were taught the note by Constant Lambert, but only Beecham could shape the work satisfactorily. Delius's music is notoriously difficult to conduct, it is architecturally fragmented and can sound as if it were constantly …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 23. accessed: 30 November, 2023

location of experience: Royal College of Music


Richard Temple Savage
clarinettist music librarian, writer, music librarian, Clarinetist, Writer

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'A Village Romeo and Juliet'
written by Delius
performed by orchestral musicians from the Royal College of Music, singers from the Royal College of Music, Sir Thomas Beecham

Experience Information

Date/Time 1934
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:50:04 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:16:02 +0000