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October 01, 1939 - Image 11

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Barbtirolli Youngest Conductor
OfOldest Symphonic Group

great success, he was still desirous of
becoming a conductor, an ambition
which was not realized for a long
time, due to his participation in the
World War.
After the war Barbiroili went back
to his cello and a few years later or-
ganized the Barbiro i Chamber Or-
chestra. Later he became conductor
of the British National Opera Com-
So great was his success, that by
1927 he was conducting in the series
of London Symphony Orchestra and
Royal Philharmonic Society Concerts.
He had charge, at various times, of

all the important orchestras of the
country, eventually becoming the per-
manent leader of the Scottish Orches-
tra and the Leeds Symphony. The
latter post he left to accept a three
year engagement with the Philhar-
monic-Symphony Society of New
Many stories are told of John Bar-
birolli's remarkable memory. Among
them is the incident of the premiere
of Baxs Overture, Elegie, and Ron-,
do, with the Royal Philharmonic
Society. The work was to be played
from manuscript, the only copy of
the score in existence, and the day
before the rehearsal he lost the mu-
sic. ,
Reluctant to tell the composer, the
conductor sat up all night, construct-
ing a skeleton score from memory.
The composition was rehearsed, cor-
rected and performed before the
composer was told of the loss.

Js Bori Just O0ne Tenor
In BfigFamily
(Continued. from Page 1)
has enjoyed triumph after triumph
in all the important opera houses
in Europe, singing with the opera
douses of Prague, Vienna, Dresden,
Paris, and Copenhagen.
He first came here as a mature
concert artist in the fall of 1937,
and made his debut in 10,000,000
homes via coast-to-coast broadcast
on November 28. Four days later
he made his first concert appear-
ance and was greatly acclaimed.
Later Bjoerling made several other
nationwide broadcasts and made
appearances with the Chicago City
Opera Company. His fame grew
with every performance and when
he first made an appearance in
Town Hall in New York every seat"
was sold.

No C1-
Is P

The Philharmonic Symphony, I
oldest symphony in this count
enjoys the great distinction of nev
having cancelled a concert and
postponing only one. This w
caused by the assassination of Pr
ident Lincoln.
During its first season~, the Ph
harmonic gave only three conce
but the number rose steadily a
during its ninety-seventh seas
(1938-1939)uthe symphony gave
concerts, culminating with theI
augural Concert at the New Yo
World's Fair.
Rubinstein And Geritan
Artur Rubinstein has not appea
in Germany since the World War
witness of the havoc caused by G
many among non-combatants in P
is, he vowed never to play in Germs
again, and though -20 years ha
passed and innumerable invitatic
have come to him from that count
he has kept his vow.



"The vibrant strains of a vio-
lin are more truly expressive
of human emotions than any

other musical


Although relatively young,
just 18, Robert Virovai has
already been acclaimed as one
of the world's truly great
maters of the violin. Critics
say that Virovai is the most
exciting new artist which the
world of music has brtaught
forth for several seasons.

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The beauty of his voice and the magic
of his personality have won artistic
triumph for him in the music capitals
of the world. * * * According to the
New York Times, he is "the greatest
living Gurnemanz."



No violinist of our time has equalled his hold upon the public. The magic

of his name and his playing stirs musicians and laymenalike.

To both,

Fritz Kreisler stands supreme, the acknowledged master of violinistic in-


To quote what has become a musical adage,

"There -are

many violinists . . . There is only one Kreisler."

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majestic personality has colored three fields of music;

as a pianist,


As a composer, Rachmaninoff ranks among
As a conductor he has achieved distinction.

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