Sound Case: Leopold Stokowski’s performance aesthetic
When: Tue 24 Jun 2014, 17.00-18.00
Where: Foyle Suite, Centre for Conservation
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.