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Sound Case: Leopold Stokowski’s performance aesthetic

Margaret Dziekonski

When: Tue 24 Jun 2014, 17.00-18.00

Where: Foyle Suite, Centre for Conservation

Price: Free

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Margaret Dziekonski's doctoral thesis at the Royal Academy of Music, due for completion in 2016, investigates the performance aesthetic of the conductor Leopold Stokowski. In a career that spanned 60 years of recording – from the acoustic era, to the advent of the microphone, to Fantasia, to Phase 4 Stereo – Stokowski left a remarkable recorded legacy which speaks volumes to his ever forward-looking mentality and a lifelong commitment to his belief in "Music for All of Us". 

This talk will provide a broad overview of Stokowski's music-making, using sound examples held at the British Library to illustrate some of the key characteristics of his aesthetic.