Richard Temple Savage in Covent Garden - in the middle of 1939

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 59-60:

There was considerable uncertainty as to whether we would have a 1939 season at all and, although it did materialize, it was in many ways a strange one and the feeling of unreality was enhanced by Beecham's latest passion for sound equipment and amplification personified by Mr. Perkins, "the man from Marconi" as he liked to call him. The harpsichord for the recitatives in "Don Giovanni" was to be placed in the scene dock instead of in the pit, together with four string players who were to sustain the chords in harmonies realized by Basil Cameron and the whole exercise, conducted by Signor …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 59-60. accessed: 8 December, 2023

location of experience: Covent Garden


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

Listening to

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Don Giovanni
written by Mozart
performed by Signor Cimara, unspecified orchestra, unspecified singers, Sir Thomas Beecham

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of 1939
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:13:30 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:39:10 +0000