The Info List - Leopold Stokowski

Leopold Anthony Stokowski (18 April 1882 – 13 September 1977) was an English conductor of Polish and Irish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th Century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
and for appearing in the film Fantasia. He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from the orchestras he directed. Stokowski was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia
Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony
Houston Symphony
Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air
Symphony of the Air
and many others. He was also the founder of the All-American Youth Orchestra, the New York City
New York City
Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra. Stokowski conducted the music for and appeared in several Hollywood films, including Disney's Fantasia, and was a lifelong champion of contemporary composers, giving many premieres of new music during his 60-year conducting career. Stokowski, who made his official conducting debut in 1909, appeared in public for the last time in 1975 but continued making recordings until June 1977, a few months before his death at the age of 95.


1 Biography

1.1 Early life 1.2 New York, Paris, and Cincinnati 1.3 Philadelphia
Orchestra 1.4 All-American Youth Orchestra 1.5 NBC Symphony Orchestra 1.6 New York City
New York City
Symphony Orchestra 1.7 Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl
Symphony Orchestra 1.8 New York Philharmonic 1.9 International career 1.10 Symphony of the Air, Houston Symphony
Houston Symphony
Orchestra 1.11 American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and London 1.12 Last years

2 Recording 3 Personal life

3.1 Marriages 3.2 Name myth

4 Legacy 5 Notable concert premieres 6 Notable recording premieres 7 See also 8 Further reading 9 References 10 External links

Biography[edit] Early life[edit] The son of an English-born cabinet-maker of Polish heritage, Kopernik Joseph Boleslaw Stokowski, and his Irish-born wife Annie-Marion (née Moore), Stokowski was born Leopold Anthony Stokowski, although on occasion in later life he altered his middle name to Antoni, per the Polish spelling. There is some mystery surrounding his early life. For example, he spoke with an unusual, non-British accent, though he was born and raised in London.[1] On occasion, Stokowski gave his year of birth as 1887 instead of 1882, as in a letter to the Hugo Riemann Musiklexicon in 1950, which also incorrectly gave his birthplace as Kraków, Poland. Nicolas Slonimsky, editor of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, received a letter from a Finnish encyclopaedia editor that said, "The Maestro himself told me that he was born in Pomerania, Germany, in 1889." In Germany there was a corresponding rumour that his original name was simply "Stock" (German for stick). However, Stokowski's birth certificate (signed by J. Claxton, the registrar at the General Office, Somerset House, London, in the parish of All Souls, County of Middlesex) gives his birth on 18 April 1882, at 13 Upper Marylebone Street (now New Cavendish Street), in the Marylebone District of London. Stokowski was named after his Polish-born grandfather Leopold, who died in the English county of Surrey on 13 January 1879, at the age of 49.[2] The "mystery" surrounding his origins and accent is clarified in Oliver Daniel's 1000-page biography Stokowski – A Counterpoint of View (1982), in which (in Chapter 12) Daniel reveals Stokowski came under the influence of his first wife, pianist Olga Samaroff. Samaroff, born Lucy Mary Agnes Hickenlooper, was from Galveston, Texas, and adopted a more exotic-sounding name to further her career. For professional and career reasons, she "urged him to emphasize only the Polish part of his background" once he became a resident of the United States. He studied at the Royal College of Music, where he first enrolled in 1896 at the age of thirteen, making him one of the youngest students to do so. In his later life in the US, Stokowski would perform six of the nine symphonies composed by his fellow organ student Ralph Vaughan Williams. Stokowski sang in the choir of the St Marylebone Parish Church, and later he became the assistant organist to Sir Walford Davies
Walford Davies
at The Temple Church. By age 16, Stokowski was elected to a membership in the Royal College of Organists. In 1900, he formed the choir of St. Mary's Church, Charing Cross Road, where he trained the choirboys and played the organ. In 1902, he was appointed the organist and choir director of St. James's Church, Piccadilly. He also attended The Queen's College, Oxford, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1903.[3] New York, Paris, and Cincinnati[edit] In 1905, Stokowski began work in New York City
New York City
as the organist and choir director of St. Bartholomew's Church. He was very popular among the parishioners, who included members of the Vanderbilt family, but in the course of time, he resigned this position in order to pursue a career as an orchestra conductor. Stokowski moved to Paris
for additional study in conducting. There he heard that the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra would be needing a new conductor when it returned from a long sabbatical. In 1908, Stokowski began a campaign to win this position, writing letters to Mrs. Christian R. Holmes, the orchestra's president, and travelling all the way to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a personal interview. Stokowski was selected over the other applicants, and took up his conducting duties in late 1909. That was also the year of his official conducting debut in Paris
with the Colonne Orchestra on 12 May 1909, when Stokowski accompanied his bride to be, the pianist Olga Samaroff, in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. Stokowski's conducting debut in London
took place the following week on 18 May with the New Symphony Orchestra at Queen's Hall. His engagement as new permanent conductor in Cincinnati was a great success. He introduced the concept of "pops concerts" and, starting with his first season, he began championing the work of living composers. His concerts included performances of music by Richard Strauss, Sibelius, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Glazunov, Saint-Saëns and many others. He conducted the American premieres of new works by such composers as Elgar, whose 2nd Symphony was first presented there on 24 November 1911. He was to maintain his advocacy of contemporary music to the end of his career. However, in early 1912, Stokowski became frustrated with the politics of the orchestra's Board of Directors, and submitted his resignation. There was some dispute over whether to accept this or not, but, on 12 April 1912, the board decided to do so.[citation needed] Philadelphia
Orchestra[edit] Two months later, Stokowski was appointed the director of the Philadelphia
Orchestra, and he made his conducting debut in Philadelphia
on 11 October 1912. This position would bring him some of his greatest accomplishments and recognition. It has been suggested that Stokowski resigned abruptly at Cincinnati with the hidden knowledge that the conducting position in Philadelphia
was his when he wanted it, or as Oscar Levant
Oscar Levant
suggested in his book A Smattering of Ignorance, "he had the contract in his back pocket." Before Stokowski moved into his conducting position in Philadelphia, however, he sailed back to England
to conduct two concerts at the Queen's Hall
Queen's Hall
in London. On 22 May 1912, Stokowski conducted the London
Symphony Orchestra in a concert which he was to repeat in its entirety 60 years later at the age of 90, and on 14 June 1912 he conducted an all-Wagner concert that featured the noted soprano Lillian Nordica. While he was director of the Philadelphia
Orchestra, he was largely responsible for convincing Mary Louise Curtis Bok to set up the Curtis Institute of Music
Curtis Institute of Music
(13 October 1924) in Philadelphia. He helped with recruiting faculty and hired many of their graduates.[citation needed]

Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Part 1 (4:29)

Part 2 (4:24)

Piece by Johann Sebastian Bach, both parts performed in 1928 by the Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
under the direction of Leopold Stokowski

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Stokowski rapidly gained a reputation as a musical showman. His flair for the theatrical included grand gestures such as throwing the sheet music on the floor to show he did not need to conduct from a score. He also experimented with new lighting arrangements in the concert hall,[4] at one point conducting in a dark hall with only his head and hands lighted, at other times arranging the lights so they would cast theatrical shadows of his head and hands. Late in the 1929-30 symphony season, Stokowski started conducting without a baton. His free-hand manner of conducting soon became one of his trademarks. On the musical side, Stokowski nurtured the orchestra and shaped the "Stokowski" sound, or what became known as the " Philadelphia
Sound".[5] He encouraged "free bowing" from the string section, "free breathing" from the brass section, and continually altered the seating arrangements of the orchestra's sections, as well as the acoustics of the hall, in response to his urge to create a better sound. Stokowski is credited as the first conductor to adopt the seating plan that is used by most orchestras today, with first and second violins together on the conductor's left, and the violas and cellos to the right.[6]

Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
at 2 March 1916 American premiere of Mahler's 8th Symphony

Stokowski also became known for modifying the orchestrations of some of the works that he conducted, as was a standard practice for conductors prior to the second half of the 20th Century. Among others, he amended the orchestrations of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Brahms. For example, Stokowski revised the ending of the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, by Tchaikovsky, so it would close quietly, taking his notion from Modest Tchaikovsky's Life and Letters of Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky
(translated by Rosa Newmarch: 1906) that the composer had provided a quiet ending of his own at Balakirev's suggestion. Stokowski made his own orchestration of Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain
Night on Bald Mountain
by adapting Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestration and making it sound, in some places, similar to Mussorgsky's original. In the film Fantasia, to conform to the Disney artists' story-line, depicting the battle between good and evil, the ending of Night on Bald Mountain
Night on Bald Mountain
segued into the beginning of Schubert's Ave Maria.

Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(kneeling on left) acting out a scene in The Sorcerer's Apprentice segment in Fantasia, with Leopold Stokowski, sitting on the right, and Deems Taylor, sitting second from right.

Many music critics have taken exception to the liberties Stokowski took—liberties which were common in the nineteenth century, but had mostly died out in the twentieth, when faithful adherence to the composer's scores became more common.[7] Stokowski's repertoire was broad and included many contemporary works. He was the only conductor to perform all of Arnold Schoenberg's orchestral works during the composer's own lifetime, several of which were world premieres. Stokowski gave the first American performance of Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder
in 1932. It was recorded "live" on 78 rpm records and remained the only recording of this work in the catalogue until the advent of the LP Record. Stokowski also presented the American premieres of four of Dmitri Shostakovich's symphonies, Numbers 1, 3, 6, and 11. In 1916, Stokowski conducted the American premiere of Mahler's 8th Symphony, Symphony of a Thousand. He added works by Rachmaninoff to his repertoire, giving the world premieres of his Fourth Piano Concerto, the Three Russian Songs, the Third Symphony, and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Sibelius, whose last three symphonies were given their American premieres in Philadelphia
in the 1920s; and Igor Stravinsky, many of whose works were also given their first American performances by Stokowski. In 1922, he introduced Stravinsky's score for the ballet The Rite of Spring to America, gave its first staged performance there in 1930 with Martha Graham
Martha Graham
dancing the part of The Chosen One, and at the same time made the first American recording of the work.[citation needed] Seldom an opera conductor, Stokowski did give the American premieres in Philadelphia
of the original version of Mussorgky's Boris Godunov (1929) and Alban Berg's Wozzeck
(1931). Works by such composers as Arthur Bliss, Max Bruch, Ferruccio Busoni, Carlos Chávez, Aaron Copland, George Enescu, Manuel de Falla, Paul Hindemith, Gustav Holst, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Nikolai Myaskovsky, Walter Piston, Francis Poulenc, Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Ottorino Respighi, Albert Roussel, Alexander Scriabin, Elie Siegmeister, Karol Szymanowski, Edgard Varèse, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Anton Webern, and Kurt Weill, received their American premieres under Stokowski's direction in Philadelphia. In 1933, he started "Youth Concerts" for younger audiences, which are still a tradition in Philadelphia
and many other American cities, and fostered youth music programs. After disputes with the board, Stokowski began to withdraw from involvement in the Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
from 1936 onwards, allowing his co-conductor Eugene Ormandy
Eugene Ormandy
to gradually take over. Stokowski shared principal conducting duties with Ormandy from 1936 to 1941; Stokowski did not appear with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
from the closing concert of the 1940-41 season (a semi-disastrous performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion) until 12 February 1960, when he guest-conducted the Philadelphia
in works of Mozart, de Falla, Respighi, and in a legendary performance of the Shostakovich Fifth Symphony, arguably the greatest by Stokowski. The recording of this concert's broadcast had been circulated privately among collectors over the years, though never issued commercially, but with the copyright expiring at the start of 2011, it was released in its entirety on the Pristine Audio label.[citation needed]

Screenshot from the 1947 film Carnegie Hall

Stokowski appeared as himself in the motion picture The Big Broadcast of 1937, conducting two of his Bach transcriptions. That same year he also conducted and acted in One Hundred Men and a Girl, with Deanna Durbin and Adolphe Menjou. In 1939, Stokowski collaborated with Walt Disney to create the motion picture for which he is best known: Fantasia. He conducted all the music (with the exception of a "jam session" in the middle of the film) and included his own orchestrations for the Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria segments. Stokowski even got to talk to (and shake hands with) Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
on screen, although he would later say with a smile that Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
got to shake hands with him. This footage of Stokowski was incorporated into Fantasia
2000. A lifelong and ardent fan of the newest and most experimental techniques in recording, Stokowski saw to it that most of the music for Fantasia
was recorded over Class A telephone lines laid down between the Academy of Music in Philadelphia
and Bell Laboratories
Bell Laboratories
in Camden NJ, using an early, highly complex version of multi-track stereophonic sound, dubbed Fantasound, which shared many attributes with the later Perspecta stereophonic sound system. Recorded on photographic film, the only suitable medium then available, the results were considered astounding for the latter half of the 1930s. Upon his return in 1960, Stokowski appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a guest conductor. He also made two LP recordings with them for Columbia Records, one including a performance of Manuel de Falla's El amor brujo, which he had introduced to America in 1922 and had previously recorded for RCA
Victor with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra in 1946, and a Bach album which featured the 5th Brandenburg Concerto and three of his own Bach transcriptions. He continued to appear as a guest conductor on several more occasions, his final Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
concert taking place in 1969.[citation needed] In honour of Stokowski's vast influence on music and the Philadelphia performing arts community, on 24 February 1969, he was awarded the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Glee Club
University of Pennsylvania Glee Club
Award of Merit.[8] Beginning in 1964, this award was "established to bring a declaration of appreciation to an individual each year that has made a significant contribution to the world of music and helped to create a climate in which our talents may find valid expression."[citation needed] All-American Youth Orchestra[edit] With his Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
contract having expired in 1940, Stokowski immediately formed the All-American Youth Orchestra, its players' ages ranging from 18 to 25. It toured South America in 1940 and North America in 1941 and was met with rave reviews. Although Stokowski made a number of recordings with the AAYO for Columbia, the technical standard was not as high as had been achieved with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
for RCA
Victor. In any event, the AAYO was disbanded when America entered the Second World War, and plans for another extensive tour in 1942 were abandoned.[citation needed] NBC Symphony Orchestra[edit] During this time, Stokowski also became chief conductor of the NBC Symphony Orchestra on a three-year contract (1941–1944). The NBC's regular conductor, Arturo Toscanini, did not wish to undertake the 1941-42 NBC season because of friction with NBC management, though he did accept guest engagements with the Philadelphia
Orchestra. Stokowski conducted a great deal of contemporary music with the NBC Symphony, including the US premiere of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky in 1943, the world premieres of Schoenberg's Piano Concerto (with Eduard Steuermann) and George Antheil's 4th Symphony, both in 1944, and new works by Alan Hovhaness, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Milhaud, Howard Hanson, William Schuman, Morton Gould
Morton Gould
and many others. He also conducted several British works with this orchestra, including Vaughan Williams' 4th Symphony, Holst's The Planets, and George Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad. Stokowski also made a number of recordings with the NBC Symphony for RCA
Victor in 1941-42, including Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony, a work which was never in Toscanini's repertoire, and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. Toscanini returned as co-conductor of the NBC Symphony with Stokowski for the remaining two years of the latter's contract. New York City
New York City
Symphony Orchestra[edit] In 1944, on the recommendation of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Stokowski helped form the New York City
New York City
Symphony Orchestra, which they intended would make music accessible for middle-class workers. Ticket prices were set low, and performances took place at convenient, after-work hours. Many early concerts were standing room only; however, a year later in 1945, Stokowski was at odds with the board (who wanted to trim expenses even further) and he resigned. Stokowski made three 78pm sets with the New York City
New York City
Symphony for RCA
Victor: Beethoven's 6th Symphony, Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration, and a selection of orchestral music from Georges Bizet's Carmen. Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl
Symphony Orchestra[edit] In 1945, he founded the Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl
Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra lasted for two years before it was disbanded for live concerts, but not for recordings, which continued well into the 1960s. Stokowski's own recordings (made in 1945-46) included Brahms's 1st Symphony, Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony and a number of short popular pieces. Some of Stokowski's open-air HBSO concerts were broadcast and recorded, and have been issued on CD, including a collaboration with Percy Grainger
Percy Grainger
on Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor in the summer of 1945. (It began giving live concerts again as the " Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl
Orchestra" in 1991, under John Mauceri).[9] There was a 1949 cartoon spoof of Stokowski at the Bowl with Bugs Bunny playing the conductor in "Long-Haired Hare" by Chuck Jones.[10] New York Philharmonic[edit] He continued to appear frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, both at the Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl
and other venues. Then in 1946 Stokowski became a chief Guest Conductor of the New York Philharmonic. His many "first performances" with them included the US Premiere of Prokofiev's 6th Symphony in 1949. He also made many splendid recordings with the NYPO for Columbia, including the world premiere recordings of Vaughan Williams's 6th Symphony and Olivier Messiaen's L'Ascension, also in 1949.[citation needed] International career[edit] However, when in 1950 Dimitri Mitropoulos
Dimitri Mitropoulos
was appointed Chief Conductor of the NYPO, Stokowski began a new international career which commenced in 1951 with a nationwide tour of England: during the Festival of Britain celebrations he conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of Sir Thomas Beecham. It was during this first visit that he made his debut recording with a British orchestra, the Philharmonia, of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. During that same summer he also toured and conducted in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, and Portugal, establishing a pattern of guest-conducting abroad during the summer months while spending the winter seasons conducting in the USA. This scheme was to hold good for the next 20 years during which Stokowski conducted many of the world's greatest orchestras, simultaneously making recordings with them for various labels. Thus he conducted and recorded with the main London
orchestras as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Suisse Romande Orchestra, the French National Radio Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Hilversum (Netherlands) Radio Philharmonic, et al.[citation needed] Symphony of the Air, Houston Symphony
Houston Symphony
Orchestra[edit] Stokowski returned to the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1954 for a series of recording sessions for RCA
Victor. The repertoire included Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony, Sibelius's 2nd Symphony, Acts 2 and 3 of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake
Swan Lake
and highlights from Saint-Saëns's Samson and Delilah with Risë Stevens
Risë Stevens
and Jan Peerce. After the NBC Symphony Orchestra was disbanded as the official ensemble of the NBC radio network, it was re-formed as the Symphony of the Air
Symphony of the Air
with Stokowski as notional Music Director, and as such performed many concerts and made recordings from 1954 until 1963. The US premiere in 1958 of Turkish composer Adnan Saygun's Yunus Emre
Yunus Emre
Oratorio is among them. He made a series of Symphony of the Air
Symphony of the Air
recordings for the United Artists
United Artists
label in 1958 which included Beethoven's 7th Symphony, Shostakovich's 1st Symphony, Khatchaturian's 2nd Symphony and Respighi's The Pines of Rome. From 1955 to 1961, Stokowski was also the Music Director of the Houston Symphony
Houston Symphony
Orchestra. For his debut appearance with the orchestra he gave the first performance of Mysterious Mountain by Alan Hovhaness – one of many living American composers whose music he championed over the years. He also gave the US premiere in Houston of Shostakovich's 11th Symphony (7 April 1958) and made its first American recording on the Capitol label.[citation needed] American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and London[edit]

Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski

In 1960, Stokowski made one of his infrequent appearances in the opera house, when he conducted Giacomo Puccini's Turandot
at the New York Metropolitan, in memorable performances with a cast that included Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli
Franco Corelli
and Anna Moffo. At the New York City Opera, he had led double-bills of Œdipus rex (with Richard Cassilly) and Carmina burana (1959), as well as L'Orfeo (with Gérard Souzay) and Il prigioniero (with Norman Treigle, 1960). In 1962, at the age of 80, Stokowski founded the American Symphony Orchestra. His championship of the 20th-century composer remained undiminished, and perhaps his most celebrated premiere with the American Symphony Orchestra was of Charles Ives's 4th Symphony in 1965, which CBS also recorded. Stokowski served as Music Director for the ASO until May 1972 when, at the age of 90, he returned to live in England. On 3 January 1962, still showing his interest in using technological innovation, he was featured in a telecast for WGN-TV conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which has since been recorded on DVD.[11] One of his notable British guest conducting engagements in the 1960s was the first Proms performance of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony, Resurrection, since issued on CD.[12] He continued to conduct in public for a few more years, but failing health forced him to only make recordings. An eyewitness said that Stokowski often conducted sitting down in his later years; sometimes, as he became involved in the performance, he would stand up and conduct with remarkable energy. His last public appearance in the UK took place at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 14 May 1974. Stokowski conducted the New Philharmonia in the 'Merry Waltz' of Otto Klemperer (in tribute to the orchestra's former Music Director who had died the previous year), Vaughan Williams's Fantasia
on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole
Rapsodie espagnole
and Brahms's 4th Symphony. His very last public appearance took place during the 1975 Vence Music Festival in the South of France, when, on 22 July 1975, he conducted the Rouen Chamber Orchestra in several of his Bach transcriptions.[citation needed] Last years[edit] Stokowski gave his last world premiere in 1973 when, at the age of 91, he conducted Havergal Brian's 28th Symphony in a BBC radio broadcast with the New Philharmonia Orchestra. In August 1973, Stokowski conducted the International Festival Youth Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London, performing Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Edward Greenfield of The Guardian
The Guardian
wrote: "Stokowski rallied them as though it was a vintage Philadelphia
concert of the 1920s". Stokowski continued to make recordings even after he had retired from the concert platform, mainly with the National Philharmonic, another 'ad hoc' orchestra made up of first-desk players chosen from the main London orchestras. In 1976, he signed a recording contract with Columbia Records that would have kept him active until he was 100 years old.[13] Stokowski died of a heart attack in 1977 in Nether Wallop, Hampshire, at the age of 95. [14] His very last recordings, made shortly before his death, for Columbia, included performances of the youthful Symphony in C by Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
and Felix Mendelssohn's 4th Symphony, "Italian", with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in London.[15] He is interred at East Finchley Cemetery.[16] Recording[edit] Stokowski made his very first recordings, with the Philadelphia Orchestra, for the Victor Talking Machine Company
Victor Talking Machine Company
in October 1917, beginning with two of Brahms' Hungarian Dances. Other works recorded in the early sessions were the scherzo from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream incidental music and "Dance of the Blessed Spirits" from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice.[17] He found ways to make the best use of the acoustical process, until electrical recording was introduced by Victor in the spring of 1925. He conducted the first orchestral electrical recording to be made in America (Saint-Saëns's Danse Macabre) in April 1925. The following month Stokowski recorded Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky, in which he increased the double basses to best utilise the lower frequencies of early electrical recording. Stokowski was also the first conductor in America to record all four Brahms symphonies (between 1927 and 1933).[citation needed]

Portrait of Stokowski in 1926

Stokowski made the first US recordings of the Beethoven 7th and 9th Symphonies, Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony, Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony and Nutcracker Suite, César Franck's Symphony in D minor, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto (with the composer as soloist), Sibelius's 4th Symphony (its first recording), Shostakovich's 5th and 6th Symphonies, and many shorter works. His early recordings were made at Victor's Trinity Church studio in Camden, New Jersey
Camden, New Jersey
until 1926, when Victor began recording the orchestra in the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
later participated in long playing, high fidelity, and stereophonic experiments, during the early 1930s, mostly for Bell Laboratories.[18] (Victor even released some early LPs at this time, which were not commercially successful because they required special, expensive phonographs that most people could not afford during the Great Depression.) Stokowski continued to make recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra
Philadelphia Orchestra
for Victor through December 1940. One of his last 1940 sessions was the world premiere recording of Shostakovich's sixth symphony. In addition to RCA
Victor, Stokowski recorded prodigiously for several other labels until shortly before his death, including Columbia, Capitol, Everest, United Artists, and Decca/ London
'Phase 4' Stereo.[citation needed] His first commercial stereo recordings were made in 1954 for RCA Victor with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, devoted to excerpts from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet and the complete one-act ballet Sebastian by Gian Carlo Menotti. From 1947 to 1953 Stokowski recorded for RCA
Victor with a specially assembled 'ad hoc' band of players drawn principally from the New York Philharmonic
New York Philharmonic
and NBC Symphony. The LPs were labelled as being played by ' Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski
and His Symphony Orchestra' and the repertoire ranged from Haydn (his Imperial Symphony) to Schoenberg (Transfigured Night) by way of Schumann, Liszt, Bizet, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Sibelius and Percy Grainger. His Capitol recordings in the 1950s were distinguished by the use of three-track stereophonic tape recorders.[citation needed] Stokowski was very careful in the placement of musicians during the recording sessions and consulted with the recording staff to achieve the best possible results. Some of the sessions took place in the ballroom of the Riverside Plaza Hotel in New York City
New York City
in January and February 1957; these were produced by Richard C. Jones and engineered by Frank Abbey with Stokowski's own orchestra, which was typically drawn from New York musicians (primarily members of the Symphony of the Air). The CD reissue by EMI
included selections originally released on two LPs -- The Orchestra and Landmarks of a Distinguished Career—and featured music of Dukas, Barber, Richard Strauss, Harold Farberman, Vincent Persichetti, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Debussy, Bach (as arranged by Stokowski), and Sibelius.[19] Although he officially used the Ravel orchestration of the finale to Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in his 1957 Capitol recording, he did add a few additional percussion instruments to the score. His Capitol recording of Holst's The Planets
The Planets
was made with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. EMI, which acquired Capitol and Angel Records in the 1950s, has reissued many of Stokowski's Capitol recordings on CD. All of the music that Stokowski conducted in Fantasia
was released on a 3-LP set by Disneyland Records, in the 1957 soundtrack album made from the film. After stereo became possible on phonograph records, the album was released in stereo on Buena Vista Records. With the advent of compact discs, it appeared on a 2-CD Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Records set, in conjunction with the film's 50th anniversary.[citation needed] Other labels for which Stokowski recorded in the late 1950s included Everest, noted for its use of 35 mm film instead of tape and the resulting highly vivid sound. The most notable of which was a coupling of Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini and Hamlet with Stokowski conducting the New York Stadium Symphony Orchestra (the summer name for the New York Philharmonic). Other remarkable Everest recordings of Stokowski conducting the New York Stadium Symphony Orchestra are Villa-Lobos' tone poem Uirapuru, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and Prokofiev's ballet suite Cinderella. Several of Stokowski's televised concerts have appeared on both Video and DVD, including Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Schubert's Unfinished
with the London
Philharmonic on EMI
Classics 'Classic Archive' label; the Nielsen 2nd Symphony with the Danish Radio Orchestra on VAI (Video Artists International); and the Ives 4th Symphony with the American Symphony Orchestra on Classical Video Rarities. In 1973, aged 91, he was invited by the International Festival of Youth Orchestras to conduct the 1973 International Festival Orchestra, numbering 140 of the world's finest young musicians, in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The Cameo Classics LP label recorded the concert, and also, by special permission of the maestro, the final rehearsals, which would make up a 2-LP set. Edward Greenfield in The Guardian
The Guardian
reported "Stokowski rallied them as though it was a vintage Philadelphia
concert of the 1920s". Robert M. Stumpff ll ( Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski
Club of America) called the performance "The finest ever performance of this symphony". This unique Dolby recording was restored in 2014 by Klassik Haus and is available from Cameo Classics on CD (Nimbus Records Distribution).[citation needed] Personal life[edit] Marriages[edit] Stokowski married three times: His first wife was American concert pianist Olga Samaroff
Olga Samaroff
(born Lucy Hickenlooper), to whom he was married from 1911 until 1923. They had one daughter: Sonya Maria Noel Stokowski (born December 24, 1921),[20] an actress, who married Willem Thorbecke and settled in the US with their four children, Noel, Johan, Leif and Christine. His second wife was Johnson & Johnson heiress Evangeline Love Brewster Johnson (1897–1990), an artist and aviator, to whom he was married from 1926 until 1937 (two daughters: Gloria Luba Stokowski and Andrea Sadja Stokowski). In March 1938, Stokowski vacationed with Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo
on the island of Capri
in Italy.[21] This followed other reports of romance between Stokowski and Garbo. Subsequently, Stokowski and Evangeline were divorced. Evangeline later married Prince Zalstem-Zalessky, a descendant of a Russian noble family who died in 1965, while Evangeline died at age 93 on June 17, 1990. Stokowski's third wife (1945–1955) was heiress and actress Gloria Vanderbilt (born 1924), by whom he had two sons, Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski (born 1950) and Christopher Stokowski (born 1952). Name myth[edit] After he had achieved international fame with the Philadelphia Orchestra, unsubstantiated rumours circulated that he was born "Leonard" or "Lionel Stokes" or that he had "anglicised" it to "Stokes"; this canard is readily disproved by reference not only to his birth certificate and those of his father, younger brother, and sister (which show Stokowski to have been the genuine polonised Lithuanian family name, original Stokauskas where stoka means 'lack or shortage'), but also by the Student Entry Registers of the Royal College of Music, Royal College of Organists, and The Queen's College, Oxford, along with other surviving documentation from his days at St. Marylebone Church, St. James's Church, and St. Bartholomew's in New York City.[22]

Stokowski's grave at East Finchley Cemetery.

Legacy[edit] After Stokowski's death, Tom Burnam writes, the "concatenization of canards" that had arisen around him was revived – that his name and accent were phony; that his musical education was deficient; that his musicians did not respect him; that he cared about nobody but himself. Burnam suggests that there was a dark, hidden reason for these rumours. Stokowski deplored the segregation of symphony orchestras in which women and minorities were excluded, and, so Burnam claims, his detractors got revenge by slandering Stokowski. Nevertheless, and notwithstanding the claims made by Tom Burnam, attitudes towards Stokowski have changed dramatically over the years since his death. In 1999, for Gramophone magazine, the noted music commentator David Mellor
David Mellor
wrote: "One of the great joys of recent years for me has been the reassessment of Leopold Stokowski. When I was growing up there was a tendency to disparage the old man as a charlatan. Today it is all very different. Stokowski is now recognised as the father of modern orchestral standards. He possessed a truly magical gift of extracting a burnished sound from both great and second-rank ensembles. He also loved the process of recording and his gramophone career was a constant quest for better recorded sound. But the greatest pleasure of all for me is his acceptance now as an outstanding conductor of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, including a lot that was at the cutting edge of contemporary achievement."[citation needed] Notable concert premieres[edit]

Edgard Varèse, Ameriques, Philadelphia
Orchestra, Philadelphia, 9 April 1926 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Fourth Piano Concerto, composer as soloist, Philadelphia
Orchestra, 1927 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, composer as soloist, Philadelphia
Orchestra, Baltimore, 7 November 1934 Sergei Rachmaninoff, Third Symphony, Philadelphia
Orchestra, 1936 Arnold Schoenberg, Violin Concerto, Louis Krasner as soloist, Philadelphia
Orchestra, 6 December 1940 Arnold Schoenberg, Piano Concerto, Eduard Steuermann
Eduard Steuermann
as soloist, NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York, 16 February 1944 Nathaniel Shilkret, Concerto for Trombone, Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey
as soloist, New York City
New York City
Symphony Orchestra, 15 February 1945 Elie Siegmeister, Symphony No. 1, New York Philharmonic, New York City, 30 October 1947 Alan Hovhaness, Symphony No. 2, Mysterious Mountain, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston, Texas, 1955 Charles Ives, Fourth Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, New York, 26 April 1965

Notable recording premieres[edit]

Jean Sibelius, Fourth Symphony, Philadelphia
Orchestra, 23 April 1932, RCA
Victor Dmitri Shostakovich, Sixth Symphony, Philadelphia
Orchestra, August 1940, RCA
Victor Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sixth Symphony, Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York, 21 February 1949, Columbia

See also[edit]

List of famous Poles Long-Haired Hare
Long-Haired Hare
(1947 Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
cartoon), which pokes gentle fun at Stokowski's conducting style, including his habit of leading the orchestra without a baton

Further reading[edit]

Daniel, Oliver (1982). Stokowski: A Counterpoint of View Rollin Smith (2005) Stokowski and the Organ Paul Robinson (1977) Stokowski: The Art of the Conductor Abram Chasins (1979) Leopold Stokowski: A Profile Preben Opperby (1982) Leopold Stokowski William Ander Smith (1990) The Mystery of Leopold Stokowski Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski
(1943) Music for All of Us Herbert Kupferberg (1969) Those Fabulous Philadelphians


^ Simon Callow (23 September 2005). "He would fix the audience with his glinting eye..." The Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2007.  ^ Abram Chasins, Leopold Stokowski, a profile, pp. 1-3 (New York: Da Capo Press, 1979) ^ Smith, Rollin (2004). Stokowski and the Organ. Pendragon Press. p. 17.  ^ David Lasserson (19 July 2002). "Are concerts killing music?". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2007.  ^ David Patrick Stearns (26 January 2007). "Leopold Stokowski, the father of the Philadelphia
Sound". The Philadelphia
Inquirer. Retrieved 11 April 2007.  ^ Preben Opperby, Leopold Stokowski, Great Performers, Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Midas / New York: Hippocrene, 1982, ISBN 9780882546582, p. 127, reproduces four of Stokowski's seating plans, of which illustration No. 2 shows the string sections as here described. ^ Schonberg, Harold C. (1967). The Lives of the Great Composers. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-393-02146-7.  ^ "The University of Pennsylvania Glee Club
University of Pennsylvania Glee Club
Award of Merit Recipients". Archived from the original on 9 February 2012.  ^ " Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl
Orchestra". Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2008.  ^ "History of the Hollywood Bowl". Retrieved 1 January 2008.  ^ Video Artists International ^ Edward Greenfield (13 February 2004). "Mahler: Symphony No. 2, Woodland/ Baker/ BBC Chorus and Choral Soc/ LSO/ Stokowski". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2007.  ^ Paul Vaughan (13 March 2002). "Age cannot wither them". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 April 2007.  ^ Allen Hughes, " Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski
Is Dead of a Heart Attack at 95", The New York Times, 14 September 1977. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Mendelssohn-Bizet-Italian-Symphony-Major/dp/B00000DS1T ^ East Finchley Cemetery
East Finchley Cemetery
infosite, westminster.gov.uk; accessed 21 July 2014. ^ Abram Chasins, p. 93 ^ Fox, Barry (24–31 December 1981) "A hundred years of stereo: fifty of hi-fi", Scientific American, pp 910–911; retrieved 1 March 2012. ^ EMI
Classics liner notes ^ Larry Huffman. " Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski
Biography". The Stokowski Legacy. Retrieved November 1, 2016.  ^ New York Times 2 March 1938 ^ Knight, John (1996). " Leopold Stokowski
Leopold Stokowski
Explores Debussy's Orchestral Colors". The Instrumentalist. 50 (9). 

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