The sound and the fury of Arturo Toscanini

Mar 16, 2017 415


Arturo Toscanini’s boisterous humanity comes alive throughout a new biography by eminent music historian Harvey Sachs. To mark the 150th anniversary of the legendary conductor’s birth, “Toscanini - Musician of Conscience” will come out next spring from Liveright Publishing Corp., a division of W.W. Norton & Co.

The monumental biography presents the man as he was — certainly generous, courageous and principled. He tended to have “boundless generosity towards other people and musical and charitable organizations that he believed needed assistance, and in his love for his family, for Italy, and for human freedom”. But he also had major character flaws. Besides his fierce, explosive temper, he was excessively harsh towards some musicians, and equivalent of a rock star today, he had many extramarital encounters.

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