Toscanini: Musician of Conscience

  • Title: Toscanini: Musician of Conscience
  • Author: Harvey Sachs
  • ISBN: 9781631492716
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Toscanini Musician of Conscience 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
    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 mIt 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.

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    1. Harvey Sachs's second Toscanini bio is no mere reworking of his 1978 version. Rather, this doubtlessly definitive work was augmented by 1,500 of the Maestro's letters (discovered in 1992), 100+ audio tapes of conversation (recorded sereptitiously by his son), previously unreleased archival material from La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic--plus the Mussolini regime's extensive Toscanini dossier, including transcribed telephone taps. The book is long, both in biographic [...]

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    2. The Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) lived a long, productive, and successful life, and Harvey Sachs seems to catch every minute. From Toscanini's first successes at La Scala to his late-life triumph with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, every detail of the conductor's life is captured. Much of Sachs’ work is based on Toscanini’s letters, which Sachs edited and published some years ago. I was exposed to Toscanini early, in the form of my parent’s set of the complete Beethoven Symp [...]

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    3. Toscanini had a fascinating life. That part I loved.The blow-by-blow of seemingly every concert he ever gave, not so much. It's too much detail, and ends up obscuring the grander sweep of his life story.

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    4. Arturo Toscanini had a photographic memory and never used printed scores while performing. That started from his youth until the end of his 89th years of life. In his career he memorized 250 symphonic works and more than 100 operas. How could this biography not be brilliant. Bravo Toscanini and Bravo author Harvey Sachs. Besides being a musical genius, Toscanini was a spokesperson for freedom. Toscanini stated the "Verdi never told us to play softly," "the orchestra needs to play naturally". Thi [...]

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    5. Full disclosure. I did not finish the book although I skimmed the 2nd half. I was more interested in the man; opera was a secondary interest. I think you need to be really interested in the opera world in all its facets to enjoy this book. I found that I got tired of reading about all the productions, what was performed each season in every city, all the details about the singers, etc. I felt it really weighed down the book. I did read his book on Beethoven but that really appealed to me because [...]

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    6. Toscanini – Musician of Conscience, is obviously a labour of love for Harvey Sachs, who must have devoted many years in researching and writing the present volume. This is an important book that should be read by many. Sachs’ book is more than a mere life story of a great musician, but also a glimpse into the musical culture of our recent past, thoughts about the role of an artist in society, and a history of the development of music in our society.It is also, for those interested, a darn go [...]

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    7. Not being a music scholar I tend to review large biographies like this more on their ability to engage me in subjects' lives and times more than a consideration of the merits of the author's work from an academic point of view. This book was extraordinarily successful in this sense. I found myself greatly admiring the Maestro for his energy, his commitment to his art, his progressive politics, and his overall leadership as director and conductor. These qualities greatly outweigh the negatives. I [...]

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