Why "The Devastator"?Shortly before Bottesini left Milan in 1839 for Trieste and ulitmately Vienna, he was asked to play in an opera orchestra at a small Milanese theater. On arriving at the theater with his newly-purchased Testore, Bottesini found the stage door exceedingly narrow and feared that his instrument might be damaged as he struggled through with it. In his 1899 memoir, Arpesani recounts the momentous scene:
Bottesini Thundered, "This door is too small!" and proceeded to brandish his bow as if it were a sword.Numerous cities, including Philadelphia, London, Barcelona, Glasgow, and Bayreuth, have similar stories about Bottesini and narrow theater doors. I have been unable to confirm any of them, though I find it hard to doubt them.
"We all must learn where to place our fingers."
© 1997, Jeff Brooks (email@example.com)