Typed letter signed to composer and songwriter Johnny Green
by WALTER, Bruno 1876-1962
One of the most important conductors of the 20th century, Bruno Walter (1876-1962) was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1939, becoming an American citizen in 1946. A protégé of Gustav Mahler, he indefatigably championed his mentor's works in Europe and abroad. "During the 1940s and 50s Walter's principal orchestra was the New York PO, for which he served as musical adviser (1947-9); he also conducted other major orchestras throughout the USA, including those in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia... Treating his players as colleagues, he drew a sensuous tone from the orchestra, employing rubato with consummate skill, juxtaposing fierce drama and warm lyricism. His sensitivity to contrapuntal texture and overall structure allowed him to bring out fine details without damaging a work's integrity. He sought to penetrate ‘to the core' of a composition and, detesting ‘routine' performances, continually endeavoured to present a piece ‘as if it were receiving its world première'." Erik Ryding and Rebecca Pechefsky in Grove Music Online.Johnny Green (1908-1989) was an important American songwriter, composer, musical arranger, and conductor. His most famous song, Body and Soul, became a jazz standard. He produced numerous film scores, and won multiple Oscars. He was the music director at MGM studios from 1949-59.. 1 page. Octavo (227 x 139 mm.) Dated December 2, 1952. On stationery with "608 Bedford Drive Beverly Hills, California" printed at head. Walter warmly thanks Green for his "kind letter of November 25" and for taking time out of his busy schedule to treat the matter at hand "in such a kind and human way."Creased at folds and slightly overall; two file holes and an unidentified signature in red ink to blank upper margin. (Inventory #: 23197)
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