Dorati, Antal

1977 Christmas card signed by the notable Hungarian-born conductor

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(1906-1988) Hungarian-born conductor and composer, became a US citizen in 1947. A child of musician parents, he studied at the Franz Lizst Academy with Zoltan Kodaly and Leo Weiner for composition and Bela Bartok for piano. He would conduct the world premiere of Bartók's "Viola Concerto", completed by Tibor Serly, with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1949. His conducting debut was in 1924 with the Budapest Royal Opera. As well as composing original works, he compiled and arranged pieces by Johan Strauss II for the ballet, "Graduation Ball" (1940), premiered by the Original Ballet Russe in Sydney, with himself on the podium. For Ballet Theatre (later the American Ballet Theatre) he created scores for the ballets "Bluebird" (1941) from music by Offenbach and "The Fair at Sorochinsk" (1943) from music by Mussorgsky. He published his autobiography, Notes of Seven Decades, in 1979. In 1983, he was named an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Doráti held posts as principal conductor of the following orchestras: Ballet Theatre Orchestra (1941–1945); Dallas Symphony Orchestra (1945–48, practically creating the orchestra from scratch); Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (1949–60); BBC Symphony (1963–66); Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (1966–70, with which he recorded his Symphony No. 1 and his Symphony No. 2, "Querela Pacis" and took the orchestra on its 1st international tours); National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. (1970–77, which he rescued from bankruptcy and a players' strike); Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1977–81); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1975–79). Over his career Doráti made 600+ recordings especially renowned for recordings of Tchaikovsky's music. He was the first conductor to record all 3 complete ballets: "Swan Lake", "The Sleeping Beauty", and "The Nutcracker", recorded 1954-55 with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (later the Minnesota Orchestra). He recorded all 4 of Tchaikovsky's orchestral suites with the New Philharmonia Orchestra, and was the first conductor to record the "1812 Overture" (with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra) with real cannons, brass band, and church bells, in mono in 1954 and in stereo in 1958. 8 1/4 x 6 printed Christmas card from Antal & Ilse Dorati picturing, on the front, a ca. 1600 Flemish rendering of the birth of Christ. Signed on the inside under 3-language (English, French & German) printed seasonal greeting "from/Ilse & Antal Dorati" (all in Antal Dorati's hand), adding month & year under printed names at bottom. From the collection of M. Scott Mampe, later head of the Classical Division (US) of Philips Records, coordinating activities with Philips' headquarters in the Netherlands and an office in London.

Condition: Very good
Type:Christmas card






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