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EUGENE ORMANDY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER DOUBLE SIGNED 04/18/1960 - HFSID 79603

Conductor Eugene Ormandy signed this typed letter to composer Peter Mennin on his personalized letterhead at the Philadelphia Orchestra Association in 1960 to plan an upcoming opera, which he said "would add still extra work to my already super-human schedule".

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EUGENE ORMANDY
Conductor Eugene Ormandy signed this typed letter to composer Peter Mennin on his personalized letterhead at the Philadelphia Orchestra Association in 1960 to plan an upcoming opera, which he said "would add still extra work to my already super-human schedule".
Typed letter signed "Eugene Ormandy" in letter and "E.O." in postscript. 1 page, 8½x11, on Ormandy's personalized letterhead at the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. April. 18, 1960. Addressed to Mr. Peter Mennin, Director of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, Maryland. In full: "Dear Mr. Mennin: Yesterday I had Easter dinner with our President and, with some reluctance, I approached him with your idea. His first reaction was, of course, what I suspected - it would add still extra work to my already super-human schedule. When I told him that Wieland Wagner would be in charge of the stage and Birgit Nilsson would be 'Isolde', he softened somewhat and, while he didn't give me a definite yes or no, he did say jokingly 'I want to reserve two seats for my wife and myself'. So you can see that the first step was taken successfully. You also realize that I will have to do some quick shifting of concerts with our orchestra if I a to do this performance on December 7th, which would give me intensive rehearsals on the 5th and 6th, and even on the 4th, if possible, which is Sunday. For this reason I am now asking you to inform the people in charge that an official invitation to either out President, Mr. C. Wanton Balis, Jr., 810 Packard Building, Philadelphia 2, or to me, should be forthcoming very soon. Mr. Balis will then have to present it to our Board of Directors for its decision. After the Board has decided (assuming favorably) I will then have Mr. Judson handle the rest of the details with your committee. With cordial greetings to you and to your lovely wife, and hoping it will be a boy, I am Cordially yours, Eugene Ormandy". Autograph postscript: "P.S. I repeat, that I would need at least 6 rehearsals: 3 with the orchestra alone and 3 with full ensemble." PETER MENNIN (1923-1983) was an American composer and music teacher. He was a teacher at the Peabody Institute and President of at the Juilliard School from 1962 to his death. Renowned as the Conductor of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra for an unprecedented 44 years, EUGENE ORMANDY (1899-1985), born Eugene Ormandy in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, now Hungary, had begun his musical career as a violinist. After making his U. S. concert debut in 1924, he joined CBS, becoming one of radio's first important conductors. In 1931, Ormandy was asked to replace Arturo Toscanini, who was scheduled to make a guest appearance with the Philadelphia Symphony but had taken ill. Ormandy became an overnight sensation following his performance. He was named Associate Conductor of the Symphony in 1936 and permanent Conductor in 1938. Under his direction, the Philadelphia Symphony became the first U. S. symphony to perform in the People's Republic of China. For his contributions to American music, Ormandy was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1970 and was a Kennedy Center honoree in 1982. He retired as Conductor Emeritus in 1980, five years before his death. Lightly creased and soiled. Random ink stains. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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