Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend

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Toscanini: The Man Behind the Legend

About Arturo Toscanini

Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) graduated from the musical conservatory in Parma, Italy at the age of 18. After working as a cellist and chorus master, he embarked on a long, international career as an opera and symphony conductor. Toscanini served as the conductor of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) Symphony Orchestra between 1937 and 1954.

About the Broadcasts

Don Gillis produced "The Man Behind the Legend" radio series from June 5, 1963 to December 27, 1967. The programs were divided into fourteen series. An additional four series ran between January 4, 1967 and December 27, 1967 under the title "The Centennial Series," in honor of the Maestro's hundredth birthday.

The broadcasts consist of music performed over the airwaves by the NBC Symphony Orchestra from 1937 to 1954. Interviews with composers, conductors, orchestra members, and other people associated with Toscanini and the broadcasts are played at intermission. There are also features that chronicle Toscanini's life, starting in Parma and ending with his career in the United States.