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Sachs, Harvey 1946-

Works: 81 works in 324 publications in 9 languages and 8,424 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Operas  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Live sound recordings  Discographies  Autobiographies  Personal correspondence  Documentary films  Quotations 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Editor, Contributor, Translator, Other, Creator, Compiler, Scenarist, Commentator, Interviewee
Classifications: ML422.T67, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Harvey Sachs
Toscanini by Harvey Sachs( Book )

53 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 2,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It may be difficult to imagine today, but Arturo Toscanini -- recognized widely as the most celebrated conductor of the twentieth century -- was once one of the most famous people in the world. Like Einstein in science or Picasso in art, Toscanini (1867-1957) transcended his own field, becoming a figure of such renown that it was often impossible not to see some mention of the maestro in the daily headlines. Acclaimed music historian Harvey Sachs has long been fascinated with Toscanini's extraordinary story. Drawn not only to his illustrious sixty-eight-year career but also to his countless expressions of political courage in an age of tyrants, and to a private existence torn between love of family and erotic restlessness, Sachs produced a biography of Toscanini in 1978. Yet as archives continued to open and Sachs was able to interview an ever-expanding list of relatives and associates, he came to realize that this remarkable life demanded a completely new work, and the result is Toscanini -- an utterly absorbing story of a man who was incapable of separating his spectacular career from the call of his conscience. Famed for his fierce dedication but also for his explosive temper, Toscanini conducted the world premieres of many Italian operas, including Pagliacci, La Boheme, and Turandot, as well as the Italian premieres of works by Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Debussy. In time, as Sachs chronicles, he would dominate not only La Scala in his native Italy but also the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. He also collaborated with dozens of star singers, among them Enrico Caruso and Feodor Chaliapin, as well as the great sopranos Rosina Storchio, Geraldine Farrar, and Lotte Lehmann, with whom he had affairs. While this consuming passion constantly blurred the distinction between professional and personal, it did forge within him a steadfast opposition to totalitarianism and a personal bravery that would make him a model for artists of conscience. As early as 1922, Toscanini refused to allow his La Scala orchestra to play the Fascist anthem, "Giovinezza," even when threatened by Mussolini's goons. And when tens of thousands of desperate Jewish refugees poured into Palestine in the late 1930s, he journeyed there at his own expense to establish an orchestra comprised of refugee musicians, and his travels were followed like that of a king. Thanks to unprecedented access to family archives, Toscanini becomes not only the definitive biography of the conductor, but a work that soars in its exploration of musical genius and moral conscience, taking its place among the great musical biographies of our time
The Ninth : Beethoven and the world in 1824 by Harvey Sachs( Book )

21 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 1,182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of Beethoven's seminal Ninth Symphony identifies it as a key cultural event that reflected major social upheavals, including the emergence of a dynamic Western world and changes in philosophical perspectives on individuality
Virtuoso : the life and art of Niccolò Paganini, Franz Liszt, Anton Rubinstein, Ignace Jan Paderewski, Fritz Kreisler, Pablo Casals, Wanda Landowska, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould by Harvey Sachs( Book )

10 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles of nine acclaimed musicians, including Paganini, Liszt, Paderewski, Casals, and Gould, attempt to explain each artist's popularity
Rubinstein : a life by Harvey Sachs( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of Arthur Rubinstein's private life, including his love affairs, his rivalry with Vladimir Horowitz, and his relationships with the rich and powerful
Memoirs by Georg Solti( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selvbiografi skrevet af den ungarsk fødte, engelske dirigent (1912-1997)
The letters of Arturo Toscanini by Arturo Toscanini( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Toscanini (1867-1957) was one of the most celebrated and influential symphonic and operatic conductors in history. With his amazing ear and photographic memory, his sense of moral imperative and iron will, he raised the standards of orchestras and opera companies to previously undreamed-of heights. He conducted the world premieres of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Puccini's La boheme, The Girl of the Golden West, and Turandot. His sixty-eight-year conducting career began before Verdi had completed Otello and lasted into the era of televised concerts and stereophonic sound. He headed such ensembles as La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra."
Reflections on Toscanini by Harvey Sachs( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the life of the influential musician and conductor, discusses his career and political outlook, and describes his unique conducting technique
Music in fascist Italy by Harvey Sachs( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under Mussolini, unions were suppressed, trains ran on time, Italy attacked Ethiopia and most Italian artists kowtowed to the dictatornot least of all, composers, conductors, singers and writers on music. In this useful and interesting survey, Sachs (Toscanini) looks at Italian operas, concerts, conservatories, composers and performers under fascism and shows how they gave in to Mussolini's subtle pressures of patronage and official praiseamong them, composers Casella, Malipiero, Mascagni, Pizzetti and Respighi; singers Gigli, Lauri Volpi and dal Monte; conductors Gui and Molinari and cellist Mainardi. Here too are stories of apolitical musicians like de Sabata and Klemperer, who went on working without questioning events; the few like Toscanini, Dallapiccola and Tita Ruffo who fought fascism or were contemptuous of it; foreign musicians like Paderewski and Stravinsky who acclaimed Mussolini; Bartok, who was probably the most anti-fascist of the major non-Italian composers; and Castelnuovo-Tedesco, who had to leave Italy when anti-Semitic edicts were instituted in 1939
Solti on Solti : a memoir by Georg Solti( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Hungarian and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The other Toscanini : the life and works of Héctor Panizza by Sebastiano De Filippi( )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Other Toscanini is the only book in English about the Argentine conductor and composer Héctor Panizza (1875-1967). Known all over the world by his Italian name--Ettore--the maestro was in fact born in Buenos Aires and developed an astonishing international career, becoming music director of, successively, Covent Garden, la Scala (where he conducted alongside Arturo Toscanini), Teatro Colón, and the New York Metropolitan Opera. At the Met between 1934 and 1942, he was in charge of the Italian repertoire and started the first radio broadcasts, whose recordings are his most well-known. He conducted widely in Europe and the Americas and devoted part of his energies to composing, recording, and organizing musical institutions. Now virtually forgotten, Panizza's name is being revived in this definitive biography, which describes both his life and his legacy, strongly associated with that of the great Arturo Toscanini."--
Arthur Rubinstein : a life by Harvey Sachs( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ninth : Beethoven and the world in 1824 by Harvey Sachs( Recording )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Ninth Symphony, a symbol of freedom and joy, was Beethoven's mightiest attempt to help humanity find its way from darkness to light, from chaos to peace. Yet the work was born in a repressive era. Ironically, the premiere of this hymn to universal brotherhood took place in Vienna, the capital of a nation that Metternich was turning into the first modern police state. The Ninth's unveiling, on May 7, 1824, was the most significant artistic event of the year, and the work remains one of the most precedent-shattering and influential compositions in the history of music. But in The Ninth, eminent music historian Harvey Sachs demonstrates that Beethoven was not alone in his discontent with the state of the world"--Container
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi( Recording )

1 edition published in 1991 in Italian and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This performance features the legendary African-American contralto Marian Anderson in her history-making Met debut role of Ulrica, the fortune-teller. At first her predictions are all good news. But who would believe the best friend of the king would actually murder him? Absurd. That's what the king (Jan Peerce) thinks. But he loves Amelia (Zinka Milanov), the wife of his friend Renato (Robert Merrill). And when Renato discovers them together, he joins the plot against the king. This is Verdian passion at its best
Arthur Rubinstein die Biographie by Harvey Sachs( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in German and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toscanini : eine Biographie by Harvey Sachs( Book )

6 editions published in 1980 in German and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toscanini : musician of conscience by Harvey Sachs( )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the 150th anniversary of his birth comes this monumental biography of conductor Arturo Toscanini, whose dramatic life was unparalleled among twentieth-century musicians
Arturo Toscanini dal 1915 al 1946 : l'arte all'ombra della politica : omaggio al maestro nel 30° anniversario della scomparsa by Harvey Sachs( Book )

9 editions published in 1987 in 3 languages and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toscanini e. Biogr by Harvey Sachs( Book )

2 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in German and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toscanini : In his own words( Visual )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Docudrama based on the conversation tapes and letters of conductor Arturo Toscanini. The tapes were made by his son Walter during the last years of Toscanini's life. Also includes documentary and concert footage and home movies
Toscanini, the maestro by Arturo Toscanini( Visual )

9 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the man who pioneered the concept that the conductor's function is to express the composer's intentions. Toscanini's life and career are told through the use of interviews, documentary film clips, home movie footage, and the recollections of friends, family and colleagues
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The Ninth : Beethoven and the world in 1824
The Ninth : Beethoven and the world in 1824Rubinstein : a lifeMemoirsThe letters of Arturo ToscaniniSolti on Solti : a memoirArthur Rubinstein : a lifeThe Ninth : Beethoven and the world in 1824
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