Richard Temple Savage in Covent Garden - between in the middle of the 1930's and in the beginning of the 1950's

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 48:

Beecham was invited to lend lustre to one of these Galas by conducting a performance of "Tamara" by Balakireff [sic]. It was a favourite piece of his in the concert hall but natural the dancers needed it to be taken at a fairly moderate tempo. It immediately became apparent that Sir Thomas had not the slightest intention of making any concessions, in fact I suspect he whipped us up a little more than usual and the wretched dancers were tumbling about in their efforts to keep pace. As they took their bows, gasping and streaming with sweat, their regular conductor, Effrem Kurz, could be seen …   more >>
cite as

Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 48. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429012950629 accessed: 23 October, 2021

location of experience: Covent Garden

Listeners

Richard Temple Savage
clarinettist music librarian, writer, music librarian, Clarinetist, Writer
1909-

Listening to

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'Tamara'
written by Mily Balakirev
performed by unspecified orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Experience Information

Date/Time between in the middle of the 1930's and in the beginning of the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:02:30 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:36:42 +0000