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Price: $175.00

One page autographed letter signed to composer Peter Mennin, December 26, 1958.  We offer with a vintage original 8” x 10” formal photograph of Wallenstein in white tie and tails reviewing a score with a cigarette in one hand.

 

Wallenstein writes:

 

Dec 26, 1958

 

Dear Peter,

 

Thanks for your invitation for Jan 19th.  I am sorry not to be able to be thereas I am doing a television show, and also getting ready to leave for Australia on the 27th.

I wish you good luck and Virdinia joins in wishing you a Happy New Year.

 

Sincerely,

 

Wally

 

Wallenstein (1898-1983) was a cello wunderkind.  His first teacher was composer Ferde Grofé’s mother in Los Angeles.  He was hired as “The Wonder Boy Cellist” by movie theatres, Vaudeville shows, hotels and in small concert venues.  He was hired by the San Francisco Symphony during the 1916-1917 season.  For the next year he was Anna Pavlova’s on stage solo cellist when she performed the “Dying Swan”. He also went with her on her South American tour.  He played during the 1919-1920 season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a member of the orchestra and later in 1920 went to Leipzig to study with Julius Klengel.  Two year later, he was in Chicago, playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as the first chair cellist and soloist as needed.  He remained there until Arturo Toscanini hired him in 1929 as first chair cellist of the New York Philharmonic.  Toscanini a cellist himself, pushed Wallenstein to conduct. His first foray into conducting was in 1933 with the Wallenstein Sinfonietta, a radio orchestra.  When Toscanini resigned from the Philharmonic in 1936, Wallenstein left the orchestra.  Initially he had the radio program, however, his star began to rise from those broadcasts which led to guest appearances around the country with various orchestras.  In 1943, Wallenstein was hired as the Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and from 1952 to 1956, the Hollywood Bowl season.  In 1956, he took the orchestra on a tour of Asia and subsequently resigned upon his return.  In January, 1959, Wallenstein did in fact conduct in Australia, including a series of concert on February 17, 19, 24 and 28 where both the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras were combined for a series of radio broadcasts in front of a live audience.  Additionally, a pick up orchestra was assembled for Wallenstein to record for the Audio Fidelity label called “The Virtuoso Symphony of London”.  Wallenstein’s gig orchestra received superb reviews with each issue and they have stood the test of time.  From this point on as a conductor, he was a journeyman guest conductor until 1968 when composer Peter Mennin, the addressee of our letter and then President of Juilliard convinced Wallenstein to join the faculty as the head of their conducting department.  He hade his last appearance with the Juilliard Orchestra at the age of 81.  

ALFRED WALLENSTEIN - CONDUCTOR & CELLIST

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