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Price: $175.00

MINT CONDITION

Autographed 4” x 6” sepia half tone photograph of the legendary Italian conductor.

De Sabata, (1892-1967) was born to a mixed family, a Catholic Father and a Jewish Mother.  He began composing at the age of four and studied with Orefice at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan.  While he considered himself a composer before a conductor, his fame today rests on his conducting talents and revelatory recordings in both symphonic and opera.  His primary opera home was La Scala, where he made his debut in 1929 and was Artistic Direstor from 1954-1961.  After 1961 he was named Supreme Counselor there.  He conducted Opera throughout the World, in particular in Vienna, Bayreuth, Salzburg and Berlin.  He conducted and toured with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic.  He was also extremely popular in Great Britain and conducted the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati starting in the late 1920’s, but mostly after the War.  It is a puzzlement due to his Jewish Mother that he was allowed to conduct both in Italy and Germany during the War.  He left a rather massive discography and many think he was on par with Toscanini and Furtwängler on the podium.  Like Toscanini he often conducted orchestras from memory.

Sabata considered himself first a composer and he wrote three major symphonic suites, “Juventus” in 1919, “La Notte di Platon” in 1924 and “Gethsamani” in 1925.  He also wrote two operas, “Il Mascigno” premiered at La Scala in 1917 and “Lysistrata”.  A ballet “Mille e una Notte” premiered at La Scala in 1931.  He also wrote chamber and solo instrumental music as well.

One of the rarest great conductor autographs of the 20th Century.  We have only seen a small number of photograph of the conductor for sale in the last 20 years.

 

VICTOR DE SABATA - CONDUCTOR

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