Item #39049 Original photograph of the conductor rehearsing an orchestra, signed in full. Adrian BOULT.

Original photograph of the conductor rehearsing an orchestra, signed in full

Inscribed in black ink: "All good wishes from Adrian Boult 26/2/[19]37." 160 x 215 mm. With small handstamp of the Walker photography studio in Foleshill, England to verso. In ivory mat.

Minor wear and browning; some letters of inscription slightly light.

A distinguished conductor, "In 1930 Boult was appointed music director for the BBC and asked to form a new orchestra. He secured the best players and for the next decade largely met his goal of setting the standard for English orchestras. He became permanent conductor at the end of the first season and visiting conductors like Toscanini and Walter were impressed with his training of the orchestra. He took the BBC SO to Europe in 1936 (where they were especially well received in Vienna), 1937 and 1947. ... In his BBC days he introduced much new music to London, with concert performances of Berg's Wozzeck (1934) and Busoni's Doktor Faust (1937), and works by Bartók, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern and American composers." He was knighted in the year that this photograph was signed.

In his BBC days he introduced much new music to London, with concert performances of Berg's Wozzeck (1934) and Busoni's Doktor Faust (1937), and works by Bartók, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern and American composers. The British composer found in Boult a steady, unprejudiced champion. By giving not just premières but repeat performances of works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Bax, Walton, Holst, Delius, Tippett and others, he nutured a healthy and sophisticated musical culture in Britain. He wrote two valuable handbooks on conducting, and his principles of conducting technique were the subject of a 27-minute film, Point of the Stick, made in 1971. He was knighted in 1937, was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society gold medal in 1944 and the Harvard Medal (with Vaughan Williams) in 1956, and became president of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in 1959. He was made a Companion of Honour in 1969.

Item #39049

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