Text Box: Conductor autographs


Price: $175.00



Autographed one page program excerpt from the conductor’s historical American debut at Carnegie Hall with the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music, February 27, 1984.  We offer with a large 9.5” x 13” (mount) presentation photograph signed by the German, later Argentine photographer Annemarie Heinrichs who has also signed.

Celibidache (1912-1996) is one of the most sought after 20th Century conductor autographs and this one is certainly not the usual “when found” DG photo card.

 The Romanian Maestro did not follow a standard path to achieve his cult like status and greatness.  He studied in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik with composer Heinz Thiessen who was perhaps his most famous professor.  His conducting professor Kurt Thomas was a choral conductor whose main claim to fame was briefly succeeding the legendary Thomaskantor Gunther Ramin at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.  Interestingly, Celibidache was more interested in musicology than conducting writing a PhD  dissertation on the French Renaissance composer Josquin.  His ascension to the highest ranks of orchestral conductors was due to the end of the War, the drain of orchestral conductors in Germany due to the diaspora of Jewish conductors from Germany with the rise of the Nazis and those who remained who were either otherwise engaged, or were members of the NSDP, or deemed Nazis.  Leo Borchard was appointed by the Russians and approved by the Americans to replace Wilhelm Furtwängler as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in May, 1945.  Borchard was German, anti-Nazi and was fluent in Russian, so by their standards, despite not having a distinguished career was handed the post.  He started quite successfully and after one concert whilst being driven home from a concert in a British military car was accidentally shot by an Ally sentry. Amazingly, Celibidache who was deemed anti-Nazi and without a former post was thrown into the job. He succeeded and retained the position exclusively for nearly two years as Chief Conductor until 1947.  At that point, the Allies allowed Furtwängler back to conduct and share duties with Celibidache without the title until 1952, when he was given his title back.  Celibidache then went on a multi year tour of Europe as a guest conductor, not accepting a post until 1964 when he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra where he remained until 1971.  From 1971 to 1977 he was Chief Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony and from 1973 to 1975 Chief Conductor of the Orchestre Nationale de Paris.  He took his final post in 1979 when he was named Generalmusikdirektor of the Munich Philharmonic.  He held that position until his death. 

Celibidache became known for his ability to conduct transformative readings of scores without the score in front of him in performance.  However, along with his interpretations came the demand for extensive rehearsal time.  While some European orchestras including Great Britain were willing to give him the rehearsal time he demanded, unionized American orchestras passed.  John De Lancie, the Director of The Curtis Institute of Music wanted Celibidache on the school’s faculty.  In order to lure him, he offered Celibidache as much rehearsal time as was necessary to bring the student filled  Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music up to snuff for a concert at Carnegie Hall for the Maestro’s American debut.  The billed the event as their “Gala Sixtieth Benefit Concert” and loaded the hall with American musical luminaries. John Rockwell, one of the leading critics of the “New York Times” wrote, ...Debussy's ''Iberia'' and Prokofiev's ''Scythian Suite,'' which ended the evening (its second movement was encored), the sheer intensity of aural color was dazzling.  At the age of 72 Celibidache had finally arrived in America!

Perfect for display!



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