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Autographed Atelier Hertel of Weimer cabinet photograph, Weimar, May 14, 1899.

 

Uncommon in autographed cabinet photographs, we expect he was in Weimar to conduct the local orchestra, which he did from time to time.

 

Weingartner (1863-1942) in 1899 and at the age of 36 already had a career which made older colleagues envious.  He was sent to the Leipzig Conservatory at the behest of Brahms where he studied with Carl Reineke and Salamon Jadassohn.  After winning the top prize, the Mozart Prize, he was sent to study with Liszt who helped produce his first opera, “Sakuntala” at Weimar in 1884.  Rather than pursuing a career as a pianist, Weingartner opted for a career as a conductor to support himself as he composed.  He progressively grew in this career as a Kapellmeister; Königsburg (1884-1885), Danzig (1885-1887), Hamburg (1887-1889), Mannheim (1889-1891).  In 1891 he was hired as the Royal Kapellmeister in Berlin with responsibility over all music activities with the Royal Orchestra and the Hofoper, through 1907.  He also conducted the Kaim Orchestra in Munich from 1898-1905. He formed the Weingartner Trio, playing the piano in those concerts.  When Mahler left for America at the end of the 1907 season, Weingartner replace him as the Director of the Hofoper in Vienna.  He remained in that position until 1911.  The conductor was back in Hamburg at the Staatsoper from 1912-1918 and was also the Director of the Darmstadt Orchestra simultaneously. In 1919 he was Music Director of the Vienna Volksoper , when they were considered superior to the Hofoper and held that position until 1924.  He was also a regular conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic from 1908 to 1927.  From 1927 he was appointed Director of the Basel Conservatory.  He conducted the Vienna Staatsoper from 1934-1935 as a guest and led them for a year during the following season in his old position as Director.  He conducted thereafter as a guest conductor.  Weingarter also made several trips to America, conducting the New York Philharmonic in 1904, the New York Symphony in 1906 and the Boston Opera in 1912-1913.  All the while he considered himself a composer before he was a conductor! 

FELIX WEINGARTNER - CONDUCTOR

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