Fritz Reiner: A Biography

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Northwestern University Press, Aug 31, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 330 pages
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This is the first biography of one of the century's most important conductors of opera and symphonic music. Fritz Reiner (1888-1963) led major orchestras in Europe and the Americas, including those of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Chicago; after distinguished opera conducting in Philadelphia and San Francisco, he spent five memorable seasons at the Metropolitan Opera. He was not only a consummate musician but also a major participant in the evolution of concert and opera in America, in the development of characteristically American music, and in the education of musicians: Leonard Bernstein, his most famous pupil, declared, "Reiner is responsible for my own very high standards". His most enduring legacy, his recordings made with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, are more highly regarded than they were in his lifetime - indeed, most of Reiner's recorded repertory was reissued on compact disc much more quickly than that of other conductors of his era. His accomplishments, however, were compromised by his irascibility, which alienated the music world and often obscured his intrinsic artistic achievement, diminishing its contemporary recognition. Thirty years after his death, Reiner's contribution continues to be reassessed.
 

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A worthy addition to the small shelf of famous-maestro biographies relying on thoughtful scholarship rather than hype. Hart (Conductors, 1979) was at one time assistant manager of the Chicago Symphony ... Read full review

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A music administrator (Juilliard School, symphony orchestras of Chicago, Portland, and Seattle) and author (Orpheus in the New World, LJ 8/73), Hart draws upon a wealth of archival records recently ... Read full review

Contents

Florence on the Elbe II
11
Orchestra Builder
25
An Expanding Career
41
Teachers
65
Lean Years
79
Pittsburgh Challenge
97
New Directions
113
The Road to Chicago
151
Chicago Triumph
169
Reiners Music
189
Unfeasible
205
Finale
221
Fritz Reiners Recordings
275
Fritz Reiners Repertory
291
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Phillip Hart, Reiner's colleague at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and friend until his death, has worked in music administration at The Juilliard School and with orchestras in Chicago, Portland, and Seattle. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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