Richard Temple Savage in Covent Garden - January, 1937

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 52-53:

Hans Knappertsbusch conducted the "Salome"; he was known to be lazy and averse to rehearsing; we only went over a few passages in one rehearsal in the Crush Bar, followed by just one with the stage. He did not need more - he knew it, we knew it and our rapport was complete. He was tremendously tall and sat down all the time, giving a minimal beat, one in a bar or two if you were lucky. When he wanted to achieve a great crescendo at the very end of the opera he suddenly stood up and the effect on the orchestra was quite electrifying; we nearly blew the roof off the theatre. For years afterwards…   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 52-53. accessed: 21 July, 2024

location of experience: Covent Garden


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

Listening to

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written by Richard Strauss
performed by Hans Knappertsbusch, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time January, 1937
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Follows on from Experience 1429012983234.

Originally submitted by iepearson on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:20:45 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:37:43 +0000