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Leopold Stokowski

Leopold Anthony Stokowski (18 April 1882 – 13 September 1977) was an English conductor of Polish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and his appearance in the Disney film Fantasia. He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from the orchestras he directed.

Stokowski was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony of the Air and many others. He was also the founder of the All-American Youth Orchestra, the New York City Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra.

Stokowski conducted the music for and appeared in several Hollywood films, most notably Disney's Fantasia, and was a lifelong champion of contemporary composers, giving many premieres of new music during his 60-year conducting career. Stokowski, who made his official conducting debut in 1909, appeared in public for the last time in 1975 but continued making recordings until June 1977, a few months before his death at the age of 95.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 18th, 1882 (London), Died Nether Wallop

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1943

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, conductor, arranger, speaker, choral director, orchestrator, author, organ, piano

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 939 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-20888 10-in. 10/22/1917 Hungarian dance no. 5 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-20889 10-in. 10/22/1917 Hungarian dance no. 6 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-20890 12-in. 10/22/1917 Dance arabic Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-20891 10-in. 10/22/1917 Danse de la fee-dragee Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-21056 12-in. 11/6/1917 A midsummer night's dream : Scherzo Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-21057 12-in. 11/6/1917 Afternoon of a faun : Prélude Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor CVE-21057 12-in. 3/10/1927 Afternoon of a faun Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra director  
Victor C-21058 12-in. 11/6/1917 Afternoon of a faun : Prélude Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor CVE-21058 12-in. 3/10/1927 Afternoon of a faun Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra director  
Victor B-21059 10-in. 11/6/1917 Afternoon of a faun : Prélude Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-21066 12-in. 11/8/1917 Dance of the spirits Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-21067 10-in. 11/8/1917 Anitra's dance Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-21225 12-in. 12/4/1917 Symphony no. 6, Pathétique : Third movement Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-21226 12-in. 12/4/1917 Symphony no. 6, Pathétique : Second movement : Allegro con grazia Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-21230 12-in. 12/4/1917 Symphony no. 6, Pathétique : Third movement Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-21239 12-in. 12/6/1917 Symphony no. 6, Pathétique : Second movement : Allegro con grazia Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-21240 10-in. 12/6/1917 Scherzo Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-21240 12-in. 12/6/1917 Scherzo Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-21241 12-in. 12/6/1917 Scherzo Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-22808 12-in. 5/5/1919 Tannhäuser : Overture Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-22809 12-in. 5/5/1919 España rapsodie Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-22810 12-in. 5/5/1919 Festival in Baghdad Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-22811 10-in. 5/5/1919 Largo Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-22812 10-in. 5/5/1919 Carmen : Prélude to act 1 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor BVE-22812 10-in. 3/10/1927 Carmen suite : Prelude to Act l Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra director  
(Results 1-25 of 939 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stokowski, Leopold," accessed October 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102771.

Stokowski, Leopold. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102771.

"Stokowski, Leopold." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 October 2020.

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