Saint-Saens

from Musical Memories, pages 234-235:

I once saw the last act in all its integrity and with six harps accompanying the famous trio. We shall never see the six harps again, for Garnier, instead of reproducing exactly the placing of the orchestra in the old Opera, managed so well in the new one that they are unable to put in the six harps of old or the four drums with which Meyerbeer got such surprising effects in Robert and Le Prophete. I believe, however, that recent improvements have averted this disaster in a certain measure, and that there is now a place for the drums. But we shall never hear the six harps again.
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Saint-Saens, Musical Memories (1919), p. 234-235. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432739890233 accessed: 2 December, 2021

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

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Le Prophete final act
written by Giacomo Meyerbeer

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Originally submitted by Gill on Wed, 27 May 2015 16:18:10 +0100
Approved on Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:10:22 +0100