By Kenneth Morgan
This award-winning booklet, now on hand in paperback, is the 1st good appraisal of the mythical occupation of the eminent Hungarian-born conductor Fritz Reiner (1888-1963). in my opinion enigmatic and infrequently defined as tough to paintings with, he was once however well known for the dynamic galvanization of the orchestras he led, an almost unmatched technical skill, and excessive specialist criteria. Reiner's impact within the usa started within the early Nineteen Twenties and lasted till his dying. Reiner was once additionally deeply dedicated to critical tune in American existence, in particular throughout the advertising of recent ratings. In Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet, Kenneth Morgan paints a really genuine portrait of a guy who used to be either his personal worst enemy and one of many precise titans of his profession.
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Reiner’s father supported his son’s musical interests but was concerned, like many parents before and since, that a musical career was too precarious an occupation for a gentleman. He therefore persuaded his son to pursue legal studies at the University of Budapest. In deference to his father’s wishes, Fritz spent a year studying law at the university; but he did so with reluctance. After his father’s death in 1905, Reiner abandoned the law to follow a professional musical career. 23-43/Morgan 7/12/05 10:37 AM Page 26 26 | fritz reiner, maestro and martinet sition and other skills.
He plays with absolute reverence and fidelity to the composer—plays the composer’s music, not Toscanini’s. ”96 Unfortunately, the congenial friendship between Toscanini and Reiner fell foul of political disagreements. In May 1931 at Bologna, a group of young Fascists beat up Toscanini after he refused to precede a commemorative concert for the composer Giuseppe Martucci with the Fascist hymn. Toscanini’s passport was seized, his home placed under round-the-clock surveillance, and his visitors named on a list.
Founded in 1873 by the unification of three towns—Buda, Obuda, and Pest—Budapest doubled in size in the last twenty years of the nineteenth century. New districts grew up on both sides of the River Danube, which flowed southward through the city. 23-43/Morgan 7/12/05 10:37 AM Page 28 28 | fritz reiner, maestro and martinet city in eastern Europe at that time. Political and cultural affairs were discussed in the six hundred coffee houses scattered throughout a city that had a knowledgeable and enthusiastic public for opera and the other arts.