Saturday, April 11, 2009

Being Arturo Toscanini

"God tells me how the music should sound, but you stand in the way."

--Arturo Toscanini

Maestro Toscanini I have loved since my teenage years. I remember sitting in the grand Detroit Public Library downtown after school and listening to recording after recording of the great maestro, spending many hours there weekly.

Many times I found myself a few blocks away at the Detroit Institute of Art looking at great paintings, sculptures, and the murals of the great Diego Rivera with the rich robust sound of Toscanini's orchestra in my head.

(The man in the video speaking of the greatness of Toscanini is the acclaimed violinist, Yehudi Menuhin.)

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