Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - January, 1952

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 139-140:

"Billy Budd" was followed in January 1952 by the first stage production in this country of Berg's "Wozzeck", conducted by Kleiber. Before rehearsals started every player had been given an English libretto to read, to help us understand the work more thoroughly. This was his normal practice for all new works when he was Musical Director at the Berlin Staatsoper. We had nineteen rehearsals in all with separate sectional ones for strings, brass and woodwind. He tool infinite pains with us; Berg's notation does not make it easy for the players at time but with Kleiber everything became …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 139-140. accessed: 13 June, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


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

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written by Alban Berg
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, Erich Kleiber

Experience Information

Date/Time January, 1952
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sun, 07 Jun 2015 19:22:43 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:11:16 +0000