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VERY GOOD CONDITION

Autographed  11” x 14” jumbo matte sepia photograph dedicated to the long time and powerful “Chicago Tribune” critic, Claudia Cassidy, 1946.  He writes in white ink to Cassidy, With admiration for your courage and love for Art.

 

Koussevitzky (1874-1951) took over the Boston Symphony Orchestra post in 1924, following Pierre Monteux and retired in 1949.  The Boston Symphony Orchestra performed twice in Chicago in 1946, Both concerts at Orchestra Hall.  The first, December 6th where they performed works by Mussorgsky, Copland and Brahms.  The second on December 8th with works by Mendelssohn, Debussy and Tchaikovsky.

 

In an interview with Studs Terkel, Claudia Cassidy stated she loved Koussevitzky.  She then went on to say that the conductor would come up to her after a concert if he saw her and ask, “How was it?”.  If he did not see her, she expected a call that night with the same question.

 

Cassidy (1899-1996) who based upon reputation was known as “Acidy Cassidy”, was considered one of the toughest critics in the country.  She spared no punches in her criticism and was given free reign by the “Chicago Tribune” to write without restraint.  Known for her prose, she virtually by way of her criticism saw to the downfall of three prominent Chicago Symphony Orchestra conductors, Desire Defauw, Rafael Kubelik and Jean Martinon. She had a particular soft spot for Fritz Reiner and Eugene Ormandy who could do no wrong in her eyes.  She lived long enough to write Ormandy’s obituary.

 

Note, the photograph has a few light surface creases which can be seen in the scan.

 

A wonderful and showy display piece.  

SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY - CONDUCTOR

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