Saint-Saens in Germany

from Musical Memories, page 168:

As for the orchestra, sometimes it followed Gluck's text and sometimes it borrowed bits of orchestration which Meyerbeer had written for the Opera at Berlin. This orchestration is interesting, and I know it well for I have had it in hand. It is only fair to say that Gluck, from some inexplicable caprice, did not give the same care to the instrumentation of Armide that he did to Orphee, Alcesti, and the Iphigenies. The trombones do not appear at all and the drums and flutes only at rare intervals. Re-orchestration is not absolutely necessary and Meyerbeer's is no more reprehensible than those …   more >>
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Saint-Saens, Musical Memories (1919), p. 168. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432547121788 accessed: 24 April, 2018

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location of experience: Germany

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Saint-Saens
Conducting, Composer, Pianist, Organist
1835-1921

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Armida
written by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others

Originally submitted by Gill on Mon, 25 May 2015 10:45:21 +0100
Approved on Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:35:26 +0100