Richard Temple Savage in Covent Garden - January, 1937

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 52-53:

Hans Knappertsbusch conducted the "Salome"; he was known to be lazy and averse to rehearsing; we only went over a few passages in one rehearsal in the Crush Bar, followed by just one with the stage. He did not need more - he knew it, we knew it and our rapport was complete. He was tremendously tall and sat down all the time, giving a minimal beat, one in a bar or two if you were lucky. When he wanted to achieve a great crescendo at the very end of the opera he suddenly stood up and the effect on the orchestra was quite electrifying; we nearly blew the roof off the theatre. For years afterwards…   more >>
cite as

Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 52-53. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429093245339 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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Salome
written by Richard Strauss
performed by Hans Knappertsbusch, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time January, 1937
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

Follows on from Experience 1429012983234.


Originally submitted by iepearson on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:20:45 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:37:43 +0000