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Toscanini : musician of conscience, Harvey Sachs

Label
Toscanini : musician of conscience
Title
Toscanini
Title remainder
musician of conscience
Statement of responsibility
Harvey Sachs
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It may be difficult to imagine today, but Arturo Toscanini -- recognized widely as the most celebrated conductor of the twentieth century -- was once one of the most famous people in the world. Like Einstein in science or Picasso in art, Toscanini (1867-1957) transcended his own field, becoming a figure of such renown that it was often impossible not to see some mention of the maestro in the daily headlines. Acclaimed music historian Harvey Sachs has long been fascinated with Toscanini's extraordinary story. Drawn not only to his illustrious sixty-eight-year career but also to his countless expressions of political courage in an age of tyrants, and to a private existence torn between love of family and erotic restlessness, Sachs produced a biography of Toscanini in 1978. Yet as archives continued to open and Sachs was able to interview an ever-expanding list of relatives and associates, he came to realize that this remarkable life demanded a completely new work, and the result is Toscanini -- an utterly absorbing story of a man who was incapable of separating his spectacular career from the call of his conscience. Famed for his fierce dedication but also for his explosive temper, Toscanini conducted the world premieres of many Italian operas, including Pagliacci, La Boheme, and Turandot, as well as the Italian premieres of works by Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Debussy. In time, as Sachs chronicles, he would dominate not only La Scala in his native Italy but also the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. He also collaborated with dozens of star singers, among them Enrico Caruso and Feodor Chaliapin, as well as the great sopranos Rosina Storchio, Geraldine Farrar, and Lotte Lehmann, with whom he had affairs. While this consuming passion constantly blurred the distinction between professional and personal, it did forge within him a steadfast opposition to totalitarianism and a personal bravery that would make him a model for artists of conscience. As early as 1922, Toscanini refused to allow his La Scala orchestra to play the Fascist anthem, "Giovinezza," even when threatened by Mussolini's goons. And when tens of thousands of desperate Jewish refugees poured into Palestine in the late 1930s, he journeyed there at his own expense to establish an orchestra comprised of refugee musicians, and his travels were followed like that of a king. Thanks to unprecedented access to family archives, Toscanini becomes not only the definitive biography of the conductor, but a work that soars in its exploration of musical genius and moral conscience, taking its place among the great musical biographies of our time
Summary
Describes the life of the famed conductor, Arturo Toscanini, whose reforms had lasting influence on generations of musicians and whose opposition to the Nazis and Fascists reserved his place as a model for other artists of conscience
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10569601
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sachs, Harvey
Dewey number
  • 784.2092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
ML422.T67
LC item number
S35 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Toscanini, Arturo
  • Toscanini, Arturo
  • Conductors (Music)
  • Conductors (Music)
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
musician of conscience
Label
Toscanini : musician of conscience, Harvey Sachs
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Indeterminate and determinate sounds -- Beardless maestro -- Turin -- La Scala reformed -- The Metropolitan -- Interlude -- La Scala re-created -- The New York Philharmonic and new horizons -- Clear as crystal and just as cutting -- Exile and return -- Finale -- Coda
Control code
1809172
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 923 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781631492716
Lccn
2017016654
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781631492716
  • (OCoLC)959880175
Label
Toscanini : musician of conscience, Harvey Sachs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Indeterminate and determinate sounds -- Beardless maestro -- Turin -- La Scala reformed -- The Metropolitan -- Interlude -- La Scala re-created -- The New York Philharmonic and new horizons -- Clear as crystal and just as cutting -- Exile and return -- Finale -- Coda
Control code
1809172
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 923 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781631492716
Lccn
2017016654
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781631492716
  • (OCoLC)959880175

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