The Letters of Arturo Toscanini

The Letters of Arturo Toscanini

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The Letters of Arturo Toscanini by Arturo Toscanini

Fifty years after his death, Arturo Toscanini is still considered one of the greatest conductors in history, and probably the most influential. His letters, expertly collected, translated, and edited here by Harvey Sachs, will give readers a new depth of insight into his life and work. As Sachs puts it, they “reveal above all else a man whose psychological perceptions in general and self-knowledge in particular were much more acute than most people have thought likely.” They are sure to enthrall anyone interested in learning more about one of the great lives of the twentieth century.

“This is a major contribution to our understanding of Toscanini and of several entire eras of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century musical life, especially the almost improvisatory looseness of opera in Italy, the glamour of European festivals, and the concert life of the United States. It’s also a wonderful, sometimes downright salacious read.”—New York Times

“Toscanini’s large, cranky humanity comes alive throughout his letters, as it does in his best recordings.”—New York Review of Books
 
“Edited with scrupulous care and wide-ranging erudition.”—Wall Street Journal
 
“Sachs has served the conductor well . . . by editing this generously annotated and unprecedentedly revealing collection of letters that were written, usually in haste and often in fury, over the course of seventy years.”—Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226733401
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/01/2006
Pages: 494
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Harvey Sachs is the author of, among other books, Toscanini, Music in Fascist Italy, and Rubinstein: A Life. He has also written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, the Times Literary Supplement, and many other publications.

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