Penn Library

Leopold Stokowski:
Making Music Matter

Curated by Marjorie Hassen

Otto E. Albrecht Music Library
University of Pennsylvania

New York City Symphony

Richard Strauss
Death and Transfiguration (excerpt)

Leopold Stokowski and the New York City Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 10 December 1944

New York City Center of Music and Drama
1944-45 Concert Season Program Magazine

Letter from Leopold Stokowski to Sylvan Levin
20 July 1945

Stokowski first became acquainted with Sylvan Levin in 1929 during the preparations for performances of Modest Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. Levin was a young pianist at the Curtis Institute of Music who later joined the faculty as a trainer of choruses. He worked closely with Stokowski on many Philadelphia projects and then in 1944 joined him in New York as Associate Conductor of the New York City Symphony.

The two maintained a close friendship and actively corresponded over a thirty-year period. In this letter Stokowski details his reasons for resigning as conductor of the New York City Symphony, at the same time hailing his experiences with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which he had only just formed.

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