Ormandy, Eugene

Autograph album page signed in 1957 by the great Philadelphia Orchestra conductor

Price: $15.00

Description:
(1899-1985) Hungarian-Jewish conductor and violinist, began studying violin at the Royal National Hungarian Academy of Music (now the Franz Liszt Academy of Music) at 5, gave his first concerts at 7. In 1921, he moved to America and changed his name to "Eugene Ormandy." He was first engaged as a violinist in New York City's Capitol Theatre orchestra which accompanied silent movies. He became concertmaster within 5 days and soon became a conductor of the group. When Arturo Toscanini was too ill to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1931, Arthur Judson, the most powerful manager of American classical music during the 1930s, asked Ormandy to stand in. This led to his 1st major appointment as a conductor until 1936 with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, now the Minnesota Orchestra. During the Depression, RCA Victor contracted Ormandy and the Minneapolis Symphony for many recordings. His 44-year tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra began in 1936 and became the source of much of his lasting reputation and fame. Two years after his appointment as associate conductor under Stokowski, he became music director. Ormandy conducted 100-180 concerts per year in Philadelphia. Upon his 1980 retirement, he was made conductor laureate. Under his direction the Philadelphia Orchestra continued the lush, legato style begun by Stokowski and for which the orchestra was well known. Ormandy was particularly noted for conducting late Romantic and early 20th century music, creating the so-called "Philadelphia Sound". He championed Rachmaninoff's music, conducting the premiere of his Symphonic Dances and leading the orchestra in the composer's own recordings of 3 of his piano concertos in 1939-40. He also directed US premieres of several symphonies by Shostakovich and performed a great deal of American music, giving many premières of works by Barber, Creston, Diamond, Hanson, Piston, Rorem, Schuman, Sessions and Virgil Thomson. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Nixon in 1970 and was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1976. He was awarded Kennedy Center Honors in 1982. Frameable signed 4½ x 5½ album leaf adding year 1957. With b&w photo in formal attire conducting.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Album Page






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