New York City Symphony
Death and Transfiguration (excerpt)
Recorded 10 December 1944
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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