The Letters of Arturo Toscanini

The Letters of Arturo Toscanini

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Random House, Inc.
A major event in the literature of music—the first significant collection of the letters of Arturo Toscanini.

Toscanini (1867–1957) was one of the most celebrated and influential symphonic and operatic conductors in history. With his amazing ear and photographic memory, his sense of moral imperative and iron will, he raised the standards of orchestras and opera companies to previously undreamed-of heights. He conducted the world premieres of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Puccini’s La bohème, The Girl of the Golden West, and Turandot. His sixty-eight-year conducting career began before Verdi had completed Otello and lasted into the era of televised concerts and stereophonic sound. He headed such ensembles as La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

Yet he never wrote a memoir, or even essays for publication, or granted interviews. Now we are brought closer to him than we have ever been—in seven hundred letters, well over ninety percent of them previously unpublished in any language.

The letters are vivid and impassioned. They reveal a complicated man, often angry and unhappy, who was also capable of great generosity of spirit, self-irony, and humor. They show the depth of his musical knowledge and insight, and shed much light on the musical life of his time in Europe, in New York, and throughout the world. There is fascinating correspondence with his wife and children, and with colleagues and friends, and he writes, as well, about his affairs and erotic adventures. He expresses particular vehemence when talking about his active opposition to fascism and Nazism. Of Mussolini, for instance, he says: “Open all the prisons—you won’t find a delinquent or a criminal who is more of a delinquent, more of a criminal, than that ignoble animal!”

The Letters of Arturo Toscanini is a revelation of both the maestro and the man.

With 7 photographs.

Baker & Taylor
A compilation of seven hundred letters, most previously unpublished, by the legendary conductor captures the maestro's vast depth of musical knowledge and insight, his travels throughout the world, his relationships with his wife and children, his tempestuous affairs, and his fierce opposition to fascism, Nazism, and Mussolini. 10,000 first printing.

Book News
This volume collects the letters of the celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini, most of which have not been previously published. Given that he never wrote a memoir or essays and granted no interviews, it provides an unusual opportunity for insight into one of the most influential musical figures of the century, whose 68-year career began before Verdi had completed Othello and lasted into the era of televised concerts and televised sound. The letters, which include correspondence with his wife and children, colleagues, and friends, reveal much about his complicated personality, musical knowledge, political views, and the musical life of his time throughout the world, as well as his romantic affairs and erotic adventures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Toscanini (1867-1957) was one of the most celebrated and influential symphonic and operatic conductors in history. With his amazing ear and photographic memory, his sense of moral imperative and iron will, he raised the standards of orchestras and opera companies to previously undreamed-of heights. He conducted the world premieres of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Puccini's La boheme, The Girl of the Golden West, and Turandot. His sixty-eight-year conducting career began before Verdi had completed Otello and lasted into the era of televised concerts and stereophonic sound. He headed such ensembles as La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
Yet he never wrote a memoir, or even essays for publication, or granted interviews. Now we are brought closer to him than we have ever been - in seven hundred letters, well over ninety percent of them previously unpublished in any language.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents seven hundred letters by the conductor capturing his depth of musical knowledge and insight, his travels throughout the world, his relationships with his wife and children, his affairs, and his fierce opposition to fascism.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
ISBN: 9780375404054
0375404058
Branch Call Number: 784.2092 TOSCA TOSCA
Additional Contributors: Sachs, Harvey 1946-

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