Price: $175.00

Autographed postcard phoptograph of the German-American conductor posed on an ivy covered porch, cigar in mouth, fountain pen in hand over a score.  A gift basket can ben seen in the background.

Hertz (1872-1942) was a most interesting figure in the World of conducting.  He was born in Frankfurt and studied at the Conservatory there.  His first appointment was as a conductor in Halle at the Stadttheater in 1891 and remained there for a year.  He was made Kapellmeister of Altenburg and remained there for three years, only to be hired away by the Statttheater at Elberfeld-Barmen where he stayed for four years.  He was invited to Paris where he met and befriended Frederick Delius, who was a struggling composer and in 1899 Hertz agreed to conduct the very first orchestral concert of Delius’s symphonic music anywhere, at the St. James Theater in London.  The program was, “Over the Hills and Far Away”, “Mitternachtslied” and portions of his opera “Koanga”. It would be 8 years before Delius’s orchestral music was heard again in London.  After conducting a series of concerts in London, Hertz went back to Germany where he was the Kapellmeister of the Breslau Stadttheater until 1902.  In 1902, Hertz was hired by the Metropolitan Opera’s German wing where he remained until 1915.  While at the Metropolitan Opera, he conducted the very first staged performance of Wagner’s “Parsifal” outside of Bayreuth. (December 24, 1903)  He and the principal singers were banned by Cosima Wagner from ever performing at the Bayreuth Festival, as the work, then just out of copyright, was written by Wagner for Bayreuth and it was stipulated in his will, that it was not to be performed outside of Bayreuth.  She also made it next to impossible for Hertz to obtain work as a conductor in Germany.  It is interesting to note, that Hertz in 1913 conducted the very first recordings of the Berlin Philharmonic in of all pieces, “Parsifal”.  Hertz also at the Metropolitan Opera led the American premieres of Richard Strauss’s, “Salomé” and “Der Rosenkavalier”; “Salomé” under the supervision of the composer. He also led the World Premiere of Humperdink’s “Königskinder”.  Hertz left the Metropolitan Opera in 1915 at the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.  While Henry Hadley led the earliest performances of that orchestra, it really did not become a professional organization until Hertz got there.  His work there led to a Time Magazine front cover in 1927.  Hertz led the orchestra in their first recordings in 1925 and continued to record with them until his retirement in 1930.  He also brought the Symphony to the San Francisco air waves in 1926, with regular broadcasts.  Hertz also spent a great deal of time in the Summer’s in Los Angeles.  His first year in California, 1915, he led the World Premiere of Horatio Parker’s “Fairyland” at the Panama Exposition in L.A.  In 1922 he led the very first concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  The concert was with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the program was, the Wagner’s “Reinzi” overture,  a movement from Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony, several of Brahms' Hungarian Dances, Grieg's “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1”,  Kreisler's “Liebesleid” and “Liebesfreud”, and Rossini's “William Tell” overture.  He is known as “The Father of the Hollywood Bowl”.  Hertz retired in 1930 and occasionally conducted the San Francisco Symphony thereafter as Music Director Emeritus.  Pierre Monteux was the next Music Director.  Hertz filled in as conductor of the Houston Symphony between Music Directors for the 1935 season.  He is credited with bringing their performances to a professional level.



Phone: 212-860-5541  *  Fax: 917-677-8247