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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 18, 1882 (London), Died September 13, 1977 (Nether Wallop)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1943

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

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 51-75 of 941 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-24631 10-in. 10/18/1920 Polovetzki dances nos. 1 & 2 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-24938 10-in. 2/14/1921 Dance of the flutes Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-24939 12-in. 2/14/1921 Waltz of the flowers Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-24987 12-in. 3/15/1921 Ride of the Valkyries Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-24988 12-in. 3/15/1921 Finlandia, op. 26, no. 7 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-24989 12-in. 3/15/1921 Scherzo : Pizzicato ostinato Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-24997 12-in. 3/15/1921 Tannhäuser : Overture, part 2 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-24998 10-in. 3/15/1921 Prelude to Act 3 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-24999 12-in. 3/15/1921 Tannhäuser : Overture Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-25788 12-in. 12/5/1921 Salome's dance Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-25789 12-in. 12/5/1921 Salome's dance Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-25941 10-in. 1/9/1922 Moment musical Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor, arranger  
Victor BVE-25941 10-in. 4/6/1927 Moment musicale Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor B-25942 10-in. 1/9/1922 Spanish dance Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-25943 10-in. 1/9/1922 Minuet Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-26114 12-in. 2/13/1922 Tristan und Isolde : Prelude, part 1 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-26115 12-in. 2/13/1922 Tristan und Isolde : Prelude, part 2 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-26116 12-in. 2/13/1922 Tristan und Isolde : Prelude, part 3 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-26117 12-in. 2/13/1922 Tristan und Isolde : Prelude, part 4 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor C-26118 12-in. 2/13/1922 Polovetzki dances, no. 2 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-26408 10-in. 4/10/1922 Prelude in E minor Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-26442 10-in. 4/29/1922 March of the Caucasian chief Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor BVE-26442 10-in. 5/2/1927 March of the Caucasian chief Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra director  
Victor C-26443 12-in. 4/29/1922 Mountain pass in the Caucases Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
Victor B-26443 10-in. 4/29/1922 Mountain pass in the Caucases Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra conductor  
(Results 51-75 of 941 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stokowski, Leopold," accessed December 1, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102771.

Stokowski, Leopold. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 1, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102771.

"Stokowski, Leopold." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 1 December 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102771

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