Sunday, February 22, 2009

In the World of Music, the Supreme Terrorist?

The vicious temper of the legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini is well - documented.
I have already written one story about his brand of terrorism.
He repeatedly either broke his baton, or threw really priceless scores at his musicians during these tantrums, and insulted countless colleagues without mercy or hesitation.
One real gem was his threat to the orchestra during a rehearsal; namely, " when I die, I shall return as the owner of a bordello, and not allow any of you to enter. Anyway, you all play as if you were castrated, so what is the difference?"



Blogger Steve Hurwitz said...

I liked your account of Reinhard Heydrich, who could have become a famous violinist, or even if he had remained in the German navy, become a high-ranking officer. Instead he became a notorious, fanatical officer in the SS, and was assassinated as a reward.


March 29, 2009 at 7:29 PM  

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