Thirty-One Days of Italians. Let’s celebrate for each day in October Italian Americans that honor their culture and heritage. 🇮🇹 Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957)
More than fifty years after his final performance, Toscanini – known for his photographic memory, strong beliefs in music interpretation, and demand for perfection – reigns supreme as one of the world’s greatest conductors. At 13 he played cello in an orchestra, and at 19 his last-minute substitution as conductor of Verdi’s Aida in Rio de Janeiro set the course for his career. In 1898, he became director of La Scala and reorganized the performances to maximize the integrity of the music. From 1908 to 1915, he conducted at the Metropolitan Opera House. Returning to Italy during World War I, in 1921, he assembled a new La Scala orchestra and toured for eight months – three months in the United States.
In 1926 he began conducting with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and led a European tour of the company in 1930. Seven years later, with plans to make radio educational and cultural, the NBC Symphony Orchestra was created for Toscanini. Many credit him today for bringing classical music to the masses. He returned to Italy to reopen the demolished La Scala in 1946, but he continued to conduct the NBC orchestra until his retirement in 1954 at the age of 87.
Toscanini has appeared on the cover of TIME magazine twice and in 1987 he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the recording industry. A United States postage stamp was issued in his honor in 1989. This year, the 50th anniversary of his passing, in honor of his musical career and his stand against fascism, Italy is hosting numerous events in tribute to il Maestro. #italian #italians #italianstyle #italianpride #italiano #heritage #italianheritage #culture #italianculture #italianspirit #spirit #historic #historical #history #historymade