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Autographed double-weight 7” x 9.5” photograph of the Wunderkind conductor reviewing a score.  His Father Claudio’s name and address stamp on the verso, 1947.

Burco (1939-1965) was the product of a Russian émigré Father and an operatic soprano Mother.  He started conducting in front of the Victrola at the age of 4 and was pushed by his parents as a child prodigy conductor.  By 1947, he had chalked up some 75 performances of orchestras throughout Italy and some were important orchestras, including the orchestra of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.  He made his American debut in 1948, billed as a 7 year old wunderkind when in fact he was 9 at the time.  His American tour included stops Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco.  The tour was sponsored by a ladies dress manufacturer and orchestras were assembled for the occasion, except for the New York debut at Carnegie Hall which featured the 80 member “Symphony of the Air”, a radio orchestra made up on mostly NBC Symphony members.   When Sir Thomas Beecham heard about Burco’s debut, he went on a tirade and remarked for the press, Who is responsible for this outrage, the child should be in a kindergarten sucking lollipops!  The jury was out on his actual reading of the music, however critics state he gave big cues at the right moment and described his conducting as “energetic”.  When asked by a reporter about Arturo Toscanini, Burco replied, He’s a good conductor too!  Burco also led a performance of “Cavalleria Rusticana” featuring his Mother as Santuzza at Lewisohn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York City.

Like many other wunderkinds before him, age was not kind to Burco.  While he did conduct through his teen-age years, even making a fourth successful appearance conducting at Carnegie Hall in 1961 at the age of 22; he never reached the level of a Lorin Maazel, or Mauricio Benzi.  He went to Hollywood to pursue his dream of writing film music, but that did not work out.  He was killed by a car in 1965 while walking down a street in Italy.  Burco was 26 years old.

An unusual autographed photograph.

  

FERRUCCIO BURCO - CONDUCTOR

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