Toscanini: Musician of Conscience

Toscanini: Musician of Conscience

Audio CD(Unabridged)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


During a sixty-eight year career, conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) was famed for his fierce dedication, photographic memory, explosive temper, and impassioned performances. At various times he dominated La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the NBC Symphony, and the Bayreuth, Salzburg, and Lucerne festivals. His reforms influenced generations of musicians, and his opposition to Nazism and Fascism made him a model for artists of conscience. Thanks to unprecedented access to the conductor's archives, Harvey Sachs has written a completely new biography that positions Toscanini's epic musical career and sometimes scandalous life against the roiling currents of history. Set in his native Italy, across Europe and the Americas, and in 1930s Palestine, Toscanini soars in its exploration of genius, music, and moral courage, taking its place among the greatest music biographies of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681686592
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Harvey Sachs, author and music historian, has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Times Literary Supplement, and many other publications. He is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Paul Boehmer is a seasoned actor who has appeared on Broadway, film, and television, including The Thomas Crown Affair and All My Children. Coinciding with another of his passions, sci-fi, Paul has been cast in various roles in many episodes of Star Trek.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Author's Notes xix

I Indeterminate and Determinate Sounds 1

II Beardless Maestro 29

III Turin 81

IV La Scala Reformed 111

V The Metropolitan 209

VI Interlude 301

VII La Scala Re-Created 349

VIII The New York Philharmonic and New Horizons 469

IX Clear as Crystal and Just as Cutting 621

X Exile and Return 715

XI Finale 783

Coda 859

Credits 865

Index 867

Customer Reviews