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L. The Arturo Toscanini Box.
This fine representation of one of the greatest conductors of the 20th Century, Arturo Toscanini, bears a striking resemblance to the famous conductor. I recognized him without even a moments hesitation and I am certain there are, among the readers of this catalog, people who are a great deal more knowledgeable about music and the people in it, than I am. On the base of the box are scattered musical notes. The clasp is a violin. Our price: $242.90.

For those of you who are too young to have any memory of him, here is a brief history of this remarkable musician. Arturo Toscanini was born in 1867 in Parma, Italy and died in New York City in 1957. He studied at conservatories in Parma and Milan, Italy. He intended being a cellist and, in fact, was playing the cello in the opera orchestra in Rio de Janeiro when the conductor was unable to continue and Toscanini was called upon to finish conducting the opera Aida, being performed at the time. He was 19 years old, conducting a major opera and he did the entire performance from memory.

He was appointed musical director of La Scala, Italy's famed Opera House in 1898, and of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, in 1908. He conducted the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra from 1928 to 1936 and appeared with major orchestras around the world during the same period.

In 1937 he became director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by The National Broadcasting Company, which performed every Sunday afternoon for all of the years of my early life. In those years, anyone who had a radio could be found listening to the Symphony on Sunday afternoons. It was a national pastime.

Toscanini was known principally for his interpretations of Verdi's operas, Beethoven's symphonies and the music of Richard Wagner all of which displayed his remarkable phrasing and the dynamism for which he was so well known. He was a classical conductor who gave life to music with such zest, listening to it was a rare experience. He suffered poor eyesight all of his life but his remarkable memory overcame the difficulty and enabled him to conduct from memory. throughout his career. The musicians who worked under him reached new heights inspired by his conducting.

NOTE: In most part this biography came from the Encyclopedia Britannica.

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