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The Maestro: The Life of Arturo Toscanini Hardcover – March 31, 1977

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood Press Reprint (March 31, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837194342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837194349
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,842,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The whole fascinating true story, which we would pronounce to be largely fictive if it were told of some musician of a century ago, can now be read in Mr. Taubman's glowing but shrewdly balanced record.”–New York Times

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph N. Nyhoff on November 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The author, Howard Taubman, states clearly at the onset of his affecting, personal and fascinating biography of Arturo Toscanini that the maestro would not have allowed it to be published if he'd had the say.
Nonetheless, Mr. Taubman, a music critic with the New York Times, who had many personal encounters with the conductor went ahead with this wonderful account of his life. It is chockablock with information on operas, orchestras, festivals, and musicians encountered in the long life of the little, fiery man from Italy.
I recommend this book to all lovers of music who treasure the memory of an artist dedicated wholly to the art of its creation and presentation.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Sibley VINE VOICE on July 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Arturo Toscanini was born in Parma in 1867. His father had served with Garibaldi in his youth. Arturo began at age nine his studies at the Parma Conservatory. The school was French in its orientation.

What was required of a conductor was to lead, to fire up an orchestra. Toscanini wept when he heard LOHENGRIN. He left the conservatory with highest honors in piano, composition, and cello. At school he stood out for zeal, intensity, and knowledge.

A professional engagement at age nineteen involved playing the cello in an opera company touring Brazil. The audience drove two conductors from the podium because a popular Brazilian had received bad reviews. At the request of the musicians Toscanini stepped into the breach to perform AIDA. It was a triumph. He was installed as conductor of the Rossi troupe and conducted eighteen more operas.

Alfredo Catalani, composer of LA WALLY, arranged for Toscanini's employment as a conductor in Italy. In gratitude Toscanini named his children Walter and Wally for the opera. In the early years Toscanini went from house to house and from cello player to conductor all over the country. In LA GIOCONDA the audience clamored for a repeat. Toscanini refused.

He conducted the world premiere of PAGLIACCI. In 1893 he withdrew from conducting for a year. He feared he was being used as a ploy against another conductor. In 1894 he accepted an engagement in Pisa and plunged back into the activity. In the afternoons he played the late Beethoven quartets with friends. The big Wagner works were particularly exacting. The first production of DIE GOTTERDAMMERUNG in Italy was an event. In 1896 at Turin Toscanini conducted the premiere of LA BOHEME.

In 1897 Toscanini married. His son was born nine months later.
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