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Roger Nichols

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320169.001.0001

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The Old Conservatoire

The Old Conservatoire

(“Le vieux Conservatoire”, Ecole buissonnière, Pierre Lafitte, 1913, 39–47)

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10 The Old Conservatoire
Source:
Camille Saint-Saëns
Author(s):

Roger Nichols

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320169.003.0010

This chapter describes the old Conservatoire in the rue Bergère which the author cherished dearly. He cherished its decrepitude, its total absence of modernism, and its air of olden times; he cherished the courtyard where the despairing cries of sopranos and tenors, the rumbling of pianos, the blasts of trumpets and trombones and the arpeggios of clarinets blended together to create that ultra-polyphony towards which today's most up-to-the-minute composers strive without success; and he cherished most of all the memories of his musical education, formed in the palace which had for years been too small to contain the mass of pupils from all corners of the world.

Keywords:   Conservatoire, sopranos, tenors, rue Bergère

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