Text Box: Conductor autographs


Price: $150.00


Autographed and inscribed glossy 8” x 10” photograph by the conductor in a tableau photograph of the St. Louis Symphony, February, 1957.  Also several members of the orchestra have autographed including, violinist-concertmaster-assistant conductor Harry Farbman (1905-1985), principal trombonist Dorothy Ziegler (1922-1972), principal harpist Graziella Pampari (1895-19??) and principal horn Edward Murphy.   The photograph was signed a year before Golschmann retired as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.


Vladimir Golschmann (1893-1972) as a child he studied piano and violin.  He made his debut at the Sorbonne at the age of 11.  He then decided to pursue a career as a pianist but when he entered the Schola Cantorum he decided his options would be better as a violinist, there he studied theory, counterpoint and composition with Paul de Saunieres.  He moved on to the Paris Conservatoire where he studied violin with Henri Berthelier, where one of his classmates was Darius Milhaud.  In 1916 he played in Lucien Capet’s “propaganda orchestra” with Jose Iturbi and Jacques Thibaud where he would often substitute as conductor for Capet.  By 1918 he was playing in the Pasdeloup, Lamoreaux and Concerts de Conservatoire orchestras as a violinist. In 1919 he created the Concerts Golschmann which were underwritten by a wealthy benefactor with the purpose of offering new music concerts.  In specific he promoted the works of the Les Six composers who were his contemporaries, as well as Stravinsky and Prokofiev among others.  Those concerts lasted through the 1920’s and during that time he was made conducting Professor at the Schola Cantorum.  In 1920 he was also appointed Music Director of the University Music Circle at the Sorbonne and also became a conductor of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russe, alternating with Ernest Ansermet.  The ballet business was so good that he signed on to conduct tour orchestras for Loïe Fuller and Anna Pavlova during this period.  As if he were not busy enough he took on guest conducting assignments with the Paris Orchestra and other European Orchestras.  He made his American debut with Damrosch’s New York Symphony Orchestra in 1924.  He also spent a great deal of time in Sweden conducting the Royal Ballet there through 1929.  From 1928-1931 he was appointed Music Director of the Scottish Orchestra.  He left in 1931, to move to America as the new Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra which he took over from Rudolf Ganz.  St. Louis was to become his artistic home for the next 27 years where he built the orchestra into a world class institution.  He continued to advance new music in their programming.  He was my Grandmother’s musical mentor during the 1940’s and 1950’s and would have her come to St. Louis to sing concerts and in un-staged opera annually.  She was the first to sing Marie in Berg’s “Wozzek” in St. Louis there under his direction on February 4, 1949.  The St. Louis audience used to Golschmann’s programming were not quite sure what to make of “Wozzek” afterwards and several actually came back stage afterwards to query my Grandmother about the work.  Golschmann became an American citizen in 1947.  The one major difference between Golschmann and the other leading Music Directors in America during the 1940’s is that he not only wanted the best musicians to fill his orchestra, but the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was the only major orchestra which did not take the sex of the musician into account.  Many American orchestras at the time had female harpists and occasionally a flautist, but Golschmann’s principal trumpet and trombone during part of his tenure were both women! 


Golschmann spent his “retirement” in New York City where he would accept national and international guest appearances and added to his considerably strong catalog of recordings.  He also took on the newly established Tulsa Philharmonic as their Music Director for their limited season from 1958-1961 and then the Denver Symphony Orchestra from 1964-1969, similarly a limited season.


One of the great “new music” conductors of the 20th Century.





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