Autograph manuscript draft of a telegram to George and Muriel Marek. Signed in the conductor's characteristic red ink
by TOSCANINI, Arturo 1867-1957
A highly distinguished conductor, "[Toscanini's] taste, which was largely formed in the 19th century, was in fact unusually wide. He was a notable interpreter of composers as various as Puccini, Berlioz, Brahms, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss. But he was at his greatest in the music of his three favourites, Beethoven, Wagner and Verdi; his recording of Falstaff (made in 1950) will remain a classic of re-creation and a monument to his vitality and interpretative insight." David Cairns in Grove Music Online.Austrian-American writer George Marek (1902-1987) was a vice-president and general manager for the record division of RCA Victor (1950-1965), and music editor of Good Housekeeping (1941-1957). He wrote Classical Music for People who Hate Classical Music and a "number of popular biographies of composers and books on opera"-including Toscanini (New York, 1975). Paula Morgan in Grove Music Online.. 1 page. Folio (ca. 250 x 212 mm.). In idiosyncratic English. "Marek Only today I receive your beautiful gift which I like and I love very much (stop) I am very grateful and I thank you dear Muriel and George with all my heart. Arturo Toscanini." Address embossed in blue to upper left margin "Via Durini, 20 [telephone icon] 796.458." Watermark "PAPER... JAPAN..." in English and Japanese characters to left margin.Slightly worn; ink slightly faded; creased at folds and overall; two small tears to blank right margin, with no loss to text; minor staining; remains of adhesive to corners of verso. (Inventory #: 23196)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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