Pierre Monteux

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 353 pages
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(Amadeus). Pierre Monteux became famous at the age of 38 for conducting the riotous world premiere of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in Paris on May 29, 1913. The composer, fearing bodily harm, escaped through a backstage window, while the imperturbable conductor persisted, forever to be identified with the event. He would also conduct the first concert performance and one of the first two recordings of Stravinsky's masterpiece, the other one conducted by Stravinsky himself. Though French by birth, the distinctively portly man with the walrus mustache resisted being typecast as a French conductor. He could have been a European maestro: he played for Brahms, worked with Grieg, presided over the world premieres of major works by Ravel, Stravinsky and many others, was Diaghilev's conductor of choice. But it was Monteux's American audiences, especially in San Francisco and Boston, who would love him the most over the course of a long career. He conducted many American premieres, works of Debussy, Falla, Ravel, and among the more than a dozen Boston premieres, those of The Rite of Spring and of Mahler's First Symphony . Canarina, a conductor and teacher of conducting himself, studied with Monteux for seven summers and brings great personal warmth and understanding to this wise, admiring and honest book, the first full-length biography of the man whom so many knew and loved as "Maitre."
  

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Contents

Early Years
19
Becoming a Conductor
28
The Rite
37
Beyond The Rite
45
The Met
54
The Boston Symphony
61
Doris and Pierre
73
Amsterdam
82
Au revoir to San FranciscoBut Not GoodBye
194
Return to Boston
209
The Eroica
216
LÉcole Monteux
223
Family Life
238
Return to NBC and the Met
242
Monteux at Eighty
248
Return to San Francisco
259

Back to America
95
The OSP
105
Les Baux
118
Arrival in San Francisco
120
San Francisco and NBC
129
Established in San Francisco
135
Recordings and Broadcasts
151
The Philharmonic and a Return to Philadelphia and Amsterdam
157
Coast to Coast
166
Summertime
175
Letters to Doris
183
Finally Traviata Recordings in the 1950s
272
The LSO Monteux at EightyFive
281
Principal Conductor
296
The Final Year
305
Closing Thoughts
319
Pierre Monteuxs Recorded Repertoire
321
Discography
327
Significant World Premieres Conducted by Pierre Monteux
341
Selected Bibliography
342
Index
345
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

John Canarina was a student of Pierre Monteux at L'Ecole Monteux from 1953 to 1957 and again in 1961. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, he has been conductor of the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and, since 1973, director of Orchestral Studies at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.

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