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Leopold Stokowski (born Antoni Stanisław Bolesławowicz) (April 18, 1882 – September 13, 1977) was the conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Symphony of the Air. He was the founder of the New York City Symphony and The American Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the music for and appeared in Disney’s Fantasia.

Stokowski appeared as himself in the motion picture The Big Broadcast of 1937, conducting two of his Bach transcriptions. That same year he also conducted and acted in One Hundred Men and a Girl, with Deanna Durbin and Adolphe Menjou. In 1939, Stokowski collaborated with Walt Disney to create the motion picture for which he is best known: Fantasia. He conducted all the music (with the exception of a “jam session” in the middle of the film) and included his own orchestrations for the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria segments. Stokowski even got to talk to (and shake hands with) Mickey Mouse on screen, although he would later say with a smile that Mickey Mouse got to shake hands with him. Most of the music was recorded in the Academy of Music, using multi-track stereophonic sound. Stokowski also appeared in the 1947 film Carnegie Hall along with Bruno Walter, Fritz Reiner, Jascha Heifetz, Artur Rubinstein, Ezio Pinza and other great classical musicians of the day.


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  • Egg21

    His Bach transcriptions are stunning. [2]

    13 Jul 2011 Reply
  • herr_larsson2

    It is time for Stokowski to be seen for his tremendous musicality. For many years, he has been looked upon wtih some sceptiscism because of his changes in original scores and his perhabs a bit too heartily relations with Hollywood. But honestly: Just listen! They were few, those magnificent conductors of the 20th century that WERE musical essence...

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • lelusio

    Leopold, marry me. [2]

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Maste90

    Lo máximo este socio, muy bueno su cambio de Bach a orquesta

    24 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Ramunesin

    God, his Bach transcriptions are stunning.

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • hjbardenhagen

    Happy New Year, there's a new Conductors group on!

    3 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Mr-Usuario

    Leopold, marry me.

    13 Aug 2009 Reply

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