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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

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Recordings (Results 926-941 of 941 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CS-014386 12-in. 12/12/1937 Tannhäuser Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra and female vocal chorus director  
Victor CS-014387 12-in. 12/12/1937 Tannhäuser Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra and female vocal chorus director  
Victor BS-014388 10-in. 12/12/1937 Sirenes Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra, with female vocal chorus director  
Victor BS-014389 10-in. 12/12/1937 Sirenes Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra, with female vocal chorus director  
Victor BS-014390 10-in. 12/12/1937 Sirenes Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra, with female vocal chorus director  
Victor BS-014391 10-in. 12/12/1937 Nocturnes Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra director  
Victor BS-014392 10-in. 12/12/1937 Nocturnes Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra director  
Victor CS-014393 12-in. 12/12/1937 Mazurka in B minor Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra director, arranger  
Victor CS-014394 12-in. 12/12/1937 Prelude and fugue in E minor Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor BS-014395 10-in. 12/12/1937 Gymnopedie no. 1 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra director  
Victor BS-014396 10-in. 12/12/1937 Gymnopedie no. 2 Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra director  
Victor BS-035812 10-in. 4/20/1939 Eine feste Burg Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra director, arranger  
Victor CS-043658 12-in. 11/27/1939 Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (Chorale prelude) Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra arranger, director  
Victor CS-047815 12-in. 3/27/1940 Lohengrin Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski Orchestra director  
Victor CVE-Test-1269 12-in. 3/17/1931 Danses sacres Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski String orchestra director  
Victor CVE-Test-1270 12-in. 3/17/1931 Danses profanes Philadelphia Orchestra ; Leopold Stokowski String orchestra director  
(Results 926-941 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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