from Musical Memories, page 169:

This was the case with me when I saw Armide again in a city which I shall not name. The opera had been judged superannuated and had been "improved." A young composer had written a new score in which he inserted here and there such bits of Gluck as he thought worthy of being preserved. A costly and magnificently imbecile luxuriousness set off the whole piece. I may be pardoned the cruel adjective when I say that in the scene of Hate, so deeply inspired, and which takes place in a sort of cave, they relegated the chorus to the wings to make a place for dragons, fantastic birds …   more >>

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Saint-Saens, Musical Memories (), p. 169. accessed: 25 June, 2024


Organist, Composer, Conducting, Pianist

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written by Christoph Willibald Gluck

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Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by Gill on Mon, 25 May 2015 10:47:23 +0100
Approved on Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:39:22 +0100