Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - 1952

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 133:

... when John Cranko choreographed Britten's "Prince of the Pagodas" in 1952 the dancers complained that the dances were far too long, there was too much music. The composer resolutely refused to make any cuts, more or less telling them to twirl round a few more times. He simply could not realize that for once the audience would not be there primarily to hear his music.
cite as

Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 133. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


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

Listening to

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'Prince of the Pagodas'
written by Benjamin Britten
performed by Royal Ballet

Experience Information

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


The date appears to be wrong, as this ballet was first performed by the Royal Ballet in 1957, see (accessed 7 June 2015).

Originally submitted by iepearson on Thu, 28 May 2015 20:56:57 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:08:50 +0000