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Arturo Toscanini : the NBC years

Author: Mortimer H Frank
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, 2002.
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"Mortimer H. Frank's Arturo Toscanini: The NBC Years covers the capstone of the maestro's life, his leadership (1937 to 1954) of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the longest professional association of his unprecedented sixty-eight-year career. In an extraordinary act of corporate awareness and patronage, RCA's David Sarnoff created the orchestra expressly for Toscanini and for radio. From the outset, its broadcasts were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Frank, Mortimer H.
Arturo Toscanini.
Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, 2002
(OCoLC)639421748
Named Person: Arturo Toscanini; Arturo Toscanini; Arturo Toscanini; Arturo Toscanini
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mortimer H Frank
ISBN: 1574670697 9781574670691
OCLC Number: 46866436
Description: 358 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword: Toscanini Then and Now / Jacques Barzun --
NBC Comes to Toscanini --
The Broadcasts --
The NBC Repertory --
Reconstructing Toscanini --
Nonbroadcast Toscanini NBC Symphony Orchestra Concerts --
The NBC Symphony Orchestra Tours --
Works Performed by Toscanini at NBC Absent from His New York Philharmonic Programs --
Works Performed by Toscanini with the New York Philharmonic Absent from His NBC Symphony Orchestra Programs --
NBC Symphony Orchestra Personnel --
Preservation of the NBC Symphony Orchestra Broadcasts --
The Toscanini Videos --
NBC Symphony Orchestra Broadcasts: The Other Conductors.
Responsibility: by Mortimer H. Frank ; with a foreword by Jacques Barzun.

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"Mortimer H. Frank's Arturo Toscanini: The NBC Years covers the capstone of the maestro's life, his leadership (1937 to 1954) of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the longest professional association of his unprecedented sixty-eight-year career. In an extraordinary act of corporate awareness and patronage, RCA's David Sarnoff created the orchestra expressly for Toscanini and for radio. From the outset, its broadcasts were immensely popular, the conductor's first appearance with the ensemble generating 50,000 requests for 1400 available seats. Fortunately what was called at the time "the miracle of broadcasting" allowed millions to hear him, making Toscanini's name virtually synonymous with conducting. And his fiery personality and legendary art created controversy that has continued to this day." "This account suggests that his work before an audience was often more compelling than his commercially issued studio productions. Frank's analyses add considerably to what can be known about the conductor. In so doing, they correct misconceptions about the period and the man, questioning both the blind hero-worship that Toscanini engendered and more recent revisionist strictures that have ignored recorded evidence."--BOOK JACKET.

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