Evenings with the Orchestra

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Knopf, 1956 - Music - 376 pages
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During the performances of fashionable operas in an unidentified but "civilized" town in northern Europe, the musicians (with the exception of the conscientious bass drummer) tell tales, read stories, and exchange gossip to relieve the tedium of the bad music they are paid to perform. In this delightful and now classic narrative written by the brilliant composer and critic Hector Berlioz, we are privy to twenty-five highly entertaining evenings with a fascinating group of distracted performers.

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User Review  - futursonic - LibraryThing

A group of bored musicians stuck playing overrated operas in a small town is the background for this book. The musicians, with nothing left to do in the days before portable television, tell stories ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laurie Graham - Goodreads

A well-kept secret, at least from me. I can't believe it's taken me all these years to discover this book. I've always loved Berlioz's music but I had no idea he was such a sharp-penned funny writer ... Read full review


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