Original bust-length photograph of the distinguished conductor in formal dress inscribed to the noted conductor Alexander Smallens in English, signed in full in white ink, and dated Philadelphia December 8th. Arturo TOSCANINI.

Original bust-length photograph of the distinguished conductor in formal dress inscribed to the noted conductor Alexander Smallens in English, signed in full in white ink, and dated Philadelphia December 8th.

From the studios of Vaghi in Parma, stamped "Riproduzione Vietata" at lower right corner.

Slightly worn and silvered; minor cracking to upper margin and upper right corner; verso stamped "Arturo Toscanini... New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra," with remnants of tape to upper and lower margins and adhesive overall.

A highly distinguished conductor, "[Toscanini's] taste, which was largely formed in the 19th century, was in fact unusually wide. He was a notable interpreter of composers as various as Puccini, Berlioz, Brahms, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss. But he was at his greatest in the music of his three favourites, Beethoven, Wagner and Verdi; his recording of Falstaff (made in 1950) will remain a classic of re-creation and a monument to his vitality and interpretative insight." David Cairns in Grove Music Online.

Smallens (December 20, 1888/January 1, 1889 - 1972 ), noted Russian-born American conductor, studied at the New York Institute of Musical Art and, from 1909, at the Paris Conservatoire, returning to the USA as assistant conductor of the Boston Opera, 1911–14. After two years as conductor of Pavlova’s touring company, including a South American tour, he returned to become conductor of the Chicago Opera, 1919–23... His Chicago association began when he replaced Hasselmans as conductor for the première of De Koven’s Rip Van Winkle, and he also gave the première of Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges at Chicago in 1921. He was musical director of the Philadelphia Civic Opera, 1924–31, where he gave the American premières of Strauss’s Feuersnot in 1927 and Ariadne auf Naxos in 1928, and was also assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, 1927–34. Later he moved towards a lighter repertory, conducting the première of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Boston in 1935..." Bernard Jacobson in Grove Music Online. Item #29939

Price: $450.00  other currencies

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