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NEAR MINT CONDITION

CHARLES MUNCH  - CONDUCTOR

Autographed and inscribed original matte 11” x 14” Jacques Demarecaux sepia photograph of the great conductor and Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the time of his American debut, New York, January, 1947. The photographer has signed on the bottom right of the photograph.

Munch (1891-1968) had left his post as Chief conductor of the Concerts du Conservatoire in 1946 with a specific request not to schedule any concerts in Paris for the balance of 1946 and 1947 as he intended to increase his international stature.  After a few brief concerts in early December in Amsterdam with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, he arrive by plane in New York City on December 19, 1946.  He headed to Boston to make his American debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on December 27, 1946 at the invitation of Serge Koussevitzky.  Both conductors interestingly had something in common, both of their wives had, through their family money helped start their husband’s conducting careers.  After the two Boston performances, Munch headed back to New York City, where he made his New York and New York Philharmonic debut on January 23rd, 1947.  He was contracted for eight concerts through February 2nd, 1947.  In reviewing the Philharmonic performance database, it appears he only conducted seven.  That said, his concerts were so successful, they scheduled him again for another seven concerts between November 6, 1947 and June 1948. 

When the Music Directorship of the Boston Symphony Orchestra became vacant with the retirement of Koussevitzky in 1949, Munch accepted the position.

This photograph is in incredibly fine condition considering its’ size.  There were several Benjamin Saskin’s in the Northeast at the time of the signing.  However, there was not a piccolo, nor flute player named Saskin on the NY Philharmonic roster.  Perhaps he meant small.

 

         

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