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Autographed and inscribed postcard photograph of the legendary conductor to French critic Albert Gavy-Bélédin.  The photograph by Erich Retzlaff of Düsseldorf.

In consultation with the conductor’s cousin Misha Horenstein, who helps to perpetuate the legacy of Jascha Horenstein, this image dates to 1930.  In most likelihood, the photograph would have been dedicated to Albert Gavy-Bélédin, a local critic in Nantes in March, 1930, while he was there conducting Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.  He returned to Nantes in 1938 to conduct Berlioz’s “Grand Messe de Morts” with 325 musicians and chorus.  He never conducted either work again.

Horenstein (1898-1973) was Ukrainian by birth and moved to Germany as a child.  He studied violin with Max Brode in Königsberg and then in Vienna Adolf Busch and composition with Josef Marx.  He moved to Berlin to further his composition studies with Franz Schreker.  After finishing with Schreker he became Wilhelm Furtwängler’s assistant.  He made his conducting debut in Vienna in 1923 with the Wiener Symphoniker and the shortly after as a guest conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic on a regular basis.  He began a relationship with the  Deutsche Oper Am Rhein in Düsseldorf in 1928 and was appointed Generakmusikdirektor in 1929. He remained there until 1933, when he was summarily dismissed by the Nazi’s.  The conductor left Germany for Paris in 1933 and then the United States in 1940.  He became a citizen of the U.S. and taught at the New School in Manhattan.  Horenstein thereafter became a journeyman conductor.  He never held a Music Directorship again.  Interestingly though he tried for a major U.S. post, he was considered too tough and disciplined for American orchestras.  He was quite successful in Palestine, later Israel, South America, Russia and the Soviet block, Australia and after the War, Europe.  He also was a regular guest conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Horenstein is a cult figure in the World of conductors.  His recordings of Mahler and Bruckner at a time when no one else was championing them are legendary.  Leonard Bernstein and Dimitri Mitropoulos followed in his footsteps in that respect. 

A scarce autograph, especially this early.

 

JASCHA HORENSTEIN - CONDUCTOR

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