STOKOWSKI, LEOPOLD. (1882-1977). English-born, American conductor. AMusMs. (Unsigned). 21pp. (Plus title page). Folio. N.p., N.d. Stokowski’s transcription for orchestra of Bach’s beloved organ work Fugue in G minor. Stokowski has written on the title page in red pencil, “Bach / Fugue / G minor / (longer) / 2d Version.” The musical appears to be entirely in Stokowski’s hand, but the instrumentation is in the hand of an amanuensis, except at the work’s conclusion where Stokowski has listed the instruments. Editorial emendations in red pencil are also in the maestro’s handwriting.
Stokowski began his professional career in his early twenties, first as organist and choirmaster at New York’s St. Bartholomew’s Church (1905-1908), then as conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony (1909-1912). It was, however, in nearly 25 years as conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra (1912-1936) that Stokowski achieved his greatest acclaim, as a musician of exceptional technique and wide-ranging interests. Stokowski also conducted (with Arturo Toscanini) the NBC Symphony Orchestra (1942-1943), was musical supervisor for, and appeared in, Walt Disney’s film Fantasia (1940), and founded (1962) the American Symphony Orchestra, which remains a forum for both established and new work.