The Other Toscanini (Hardcover)
The Life and Works of Héctor Panizza (North Texas Lives of Musician Series #13)
University of North Texas Press, 9781574417746, 320pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
The book also describes Panizza’s important accomplishments as a composer. In his native Argentina, he is known for the patriotic “Canción de la Bandera,” based on a text by Luigi Illica, Puccini’s librettist. But Panizza also wrote operas, orchestral works, chamber music, and songs, widely performed in their day and still worthy of frequent revivals.
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Praise For The Other Toscanini: The Life and Works of Héctor Panizza (North Texas Lives of Musician Series #13)…
“As the biographer of Arturo Toscanini, whom Panizza esteemed and who, in turn, honored Panizza with his trust and confidence, I have learned much from this book, which makes an important contribution to the history of twentieth-century music in Argentina and beyond.”—from the foreword by Harvey Sachs, author of Toscanini: Musician of Conscience
“An absolutely fascinating read. The Other Toscanini is a charming, page-turning tribute to one of our nearly forgotten heroes.”—David Itkin, author of Conducting Concerti: A Technical and Interpretive Guide
“It seems to be the fate of musicians born in the southern hemisphere to be ignored—unless they have success in the northern. Argerich, Barenboim, Ginastera, Piazzolla, Santaolalla, Lalo Schiffrin and the magnificent Teatro Colón are all Argentina’s gifts to the world—but rarely thought of in those terms. Argentina provided safe haven for Carlos Kleiber, his father Erich, and their friend Michael Gielen during WW II. This also is often overlooked. In this important new book, the remarkable career of conductor-composer Héctor Panizza is rescued from the shadows, and from cultural cartography. Its authors make a thorough, documented, and fascinating case for the importance of Panizza. Admired by Puccini and Strauss, the conductor led Argentina’s opera to greatness, and contributed to the same in many important houses, including La Scala, the Royal Opera House, the Staatsoper of Vienna, the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, and The Met. Were the world fair, and Panizza interested in self-promotion, his name would today be known as widely as his most brilliant contemporaries. This invaluable book tells us why, and reminds us what we have been missing all along.”—Charles Barber, conductor and artistic director, City Opera Vancouver