Richard Temple Savage in London - between at the end of 1939 and at the end of the 1940's

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 68-69:

My clearest memory of the 1939 autumn concerts is of two performances of Weinberger's "Variations and Fugue on Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree." The composer has been inspired by a newsreel of George Vi singing and miming with a boys' summer camp; the work had great success in the States and Ralph Hawkes persuaded Beecham to do it. An organ pedal was required for one solitary note and I suggested to the Directors that I should have a shot at it. I had never played the organ in my life but the Queen's Hall organ had a crescendo pedal which did all the work for me. There was to be a second …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 68-69. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429211763921 accessed: 16 May, 2022

location of experience: London

Listeners

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

Listening to

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'Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree'
written by Jaromír Weinberger
performed by Sir Thomas Beecham, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time between at the end of 1939 and at the end of the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:16:03 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:57:17 +0000