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Typed letter signed on his letterhead to Claudio Monteverdi Conservatory head and composer Cesare Nordio, August 31, 1951.

 

Markevitch writes:

 

As I wrote, I had this time to come to Bolzano.  I still have not received your telegram but unfortunately there is no chance for me to come to Bolzano these next few days.  She also speaks to me of concerts. Please write to me about them.

 

Meanwhile sending many wishes for the success of the competition and I beg you, dear Maestro, beleive me always.

 

Nordio arranged the first Ferrucio Busoni Competition as a one time event in 1949.  The Competition was so successful he brought in giants of the music World to come to Bolzano to judge the competition, hence this letter. Nordio (1891-1977) was an Italian composer of worth, however, his music became unpopular after the War due to his treatment of Arturo Toscanini while he was the Director of the Bologna Conservatory.  After the concert, Toscanini was roughed up by the black shirts and the next day, Nordio uttered, In this place it is argued that Toscanini is the God of music, but everyone knows that there is one God only, and is called Benito Mussolini.  Needless to say, he was removed from his position in Bologna after the War and sent to Bolzano.