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This is what impairs welcome you to the second in a series of 39 programs devoted to the art of sands because of its cage for 25 years music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924 to 1949. The year 1961 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Dr. Seuss Wicki. Programs are drawn from concerts given by Dr. Spitz K. and the Boston Symphony Orchestra during the years 1943 to 1948. The concert will be devoted to a single work Symphony Number five in the minor by Peter in its Tchaikovsky. Tell us something of his memories about his dear friend and teacher Sasha's Wicki. We have as our guest Leonard Bernstein. Last summer during the 1961 Berkshire festival at Tanglewood one of the weekends we set aside as a memorial tribute to sash because of its gay whose death occurred 10 years earlier in 1951 one of the three conductors that
weekend was Leonard Bernstein conductor of the New York Philharmonic famous and distinguished pupil of docs because of its case. As a matter of fact one of the works Mr Bernstein conducted with the Boston Symphony was the very symphony we shall hear docked because of its key conduct the checkoff the fifth in E minor while Charles munch in the orchestra rehearsing Beethoven's a Rockefeller one of the cause of its memorial concerts Leonard Bernstein recorded the following reminiscences concerning sash because of its cage. Mr. Bernstein. Speaking from a shed at Tanglewood on August 12 1961. Filled with emotions memories and regrets. Ten years ago this very day. The first memorial concert. He had
just. Received. In his honor. And tonight 10 years to the day and the date we are playing another program in his memory. Actually the memories go back much further than 10 years. Ago back in fact. Twenty one years. To 1940 when Tanglewood first opened. And I came as a student of. 21 or something like that. To study with Koussevitzky at Tanglewood. I'd only just met him. At the audition. And. I was on my knees of course with reverence. But I was not prepared. With all the. Impressions I had
had of him of his glamour of his devotion and dedication. But his high insistence on the finest quality and his relentless n'est music. I was not prepared for the incredible. Zeal. That I was to find here at. His teaching methods were what one might call inspirational rather than didactic. He taught. By. Allegory almost. He taught by symbol. Sunshine and warmth. Storms tragedy. But he always made you know a meaning in the music. In addition of course to be practical as well. There was an aura around Tanglewood in those days. The students walked around in a
kind of big static glow. As I recall. Somewhat off the ground about six inches off the ground nobody ever slept. We talked music and played music day and night listened to music absorbed did like blotters. And over it all was this tremendous. Atmosphere of Koussevitzky making it all making it all a terribly important event he had that quality of making everything an important event a cup of tea. A joke. Anything. And that is what I miss mostly since his death in the last 10 years. I find that things have changed. That glow is a little bit gone and I'm not speaking only of Tanglewood I'm speaking of the world of music. There is something irreplaceable.
About. In music. That Koussevitzky brought to it. When he walked on the stage to do a concert it didn't matter what the piece was. Or the Eroica of Beethoven. Or a controversial new work or even a work that might turn out to be of rather slight or importance. When he walked on the stage this was the major moment of history. It was like the culmination of thousands of years of history. One moment after another concert after concert piece after piece. It was an incredible talent he had with this. And. Lord knows we have many great performers and conductors in the world but I have never seen one match this quality of importance and he gave to music the feeling of a constant festival.
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The Art of Serge Koussevitzky
Episode Number
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Producing Organization
WGBH Educational Foundation
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WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
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"The Arts of Serge Koussevitzky is a music series comprised of 39 episodes showcasing the work of Serge Koussevitzky, the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924-1949. The series utilizes the recorded works of the BSO and Koussevitzky during the period 1943-1948. The series' announcer is William Pierce."
Symphony no. 5 Guest: Leonard Bernstein.
Music - Classical
From a concert given on November 6, 1943. "These programs are drawn from concerts given by Dr. Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra during the seasons 1943 to 1948.... This program was produced for the Boston Symphony Transcription Trust by Jordan M. Whitelaw in cooperation with the American Broadcasting Company and the Library of Congress." The program begins with Leonard Bernstein's reminiscences of Koussevitzky, his teacher, recorded on August 12, 1961, during the Berkshire Festival at Tanglewood.
Media type
Composer: Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich
Conductor: Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951
Interviewee: Bernstein, Leonard
Performing Group: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Producing Organization: WGBH Educational Foundation
Production Unit: Radio
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Identifier: 64-0017-00-00-002 (WGBH Item ID)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Generation: Dub
Duration: 00:55:00
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