Saint-Saens

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 (1919), p. 169. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432547243073 accessed: 28 November, 2021

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

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Armida
written by Christoph Willibald Gluck

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Originally submitted by Gill on Mon, 25 May 2015 10:47:23 +0100
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