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Price: $125.00

EXCELLENT CONDITION

Autographed 8” x 10” glossy photograph of the Hungarian-American conductor to Larry Davis, the Manager of the Indiana University School of Music Auditorium, Bloomington, 1960.

Ormandy (1899-1985) was child violin prodigy.  He entered the Budapest Conservatory at 5 and was studying with Hubay at 9 graduating at 13 with an artists diploma and in 1917 received his teaching certificate which was required in Austria-Hungary. He then joined the Blüthner Orchestra as their concertmaster, leaving in 1921 for the United States.  He initially played in German language Vaudeville theatres.  He was appointed Concertmaster of the Capital Theatre in New York City in 1922 and made his conducting debut there in 1924.  In 1926 he was made the Associate Music Director.  His big break came in 1929 when he conducted a New York Philharmonic concert at Lewisohn Stadium. In 1930 he was a guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra during their summer program at Robin Hood Dell.  In 1931 he made his first regular season conducting debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Meanwhile, he was appointed Music Director of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra the same year.  1936 was a huge year, as Ormandy was appointed Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra with Leopold Stokowski.  Their alleged rivalry was not quite as bad as people are led to believe, as we have had congratulatory notes between the two over the years for various performances.  In 1938 he was appointed Co-Music Director with Stokowski which led to some hurt feelings.  Stokowski was under contract through the 1940-41 season, but only conducted one performance of St. Matthew’s Passion which did not go well.  Stoki went to Hollywood and Ormandy had full control of the orchestra which he built until his retirement in 1984.  He passed away the following year.

This is one of the finest portrait we have seen of Ormandy it is in near mint condition save a now archivally repaired tear to the left mid section of the photo.  It really does not detract.

EUGENE ORMANDY - CONDUCTOR

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