Richard Temple Savage in Covent Garden - 1939

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 62:

Weingartner conducted "Tannhäuser" and "Parsifal". Slim and quiet, impeccable dressed, with a rare, rewarding smile, he was the embodiment of Richard Strauss's dictum that it is the orchestra who should sweat, not the conductor. His beat was minimal but we sweated for him, filled with inevitable awe as we looked at a man who had been present at the first rehearsals of "Parsifal" at Bayreuth and could tell us with authority: "This is what the Master wanted here." At certain points in the work where there were particular chords in the wind and strings he would direct that they should overlap, …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 62. accessed: 11 December, 2023

location of experience: Covent Garden


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

Listening to

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written by Richard Wagner
performed by unspecified orchestra, unspecified singers, Felix Weingartner

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by iepearson on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:15:08 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:56:57 +0000