Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - May, 1948

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, pages 121-122:

Our first production of a Russian opera, "Boris Godunov" in 1948 was interesting as it was finally decided that we should present the original Mussorgsky version, not the one orchestrated by Rimsky-Korsakov which was then more widely known and is still used in the Soviet Union. It is now fashionable to sneer at Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestration as lessening the impact of the work and being too lush and "Hollywood". We certainly no longer needed his corrections of Mussorgsky's so-called harmonic "mistakes" which were simply too harsh for the time when the opera was written. Nevertheless, Rimsky …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 121-122. accessed: 23 May, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


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

Listening to

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Boris Godunov
written by Modest Mussorgsky
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company

Experience Information

Date/Time May, 1948
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


See also (accessed 25 May 2015)

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 11 May 2015 17:22:21 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:03:35 +0000