The Iron Curtain and Beyond

D. Kern Holoman

in Charles Munch

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199772704
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190268220 | DOI:
The Iron Curtain and Beyond

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This chapter describes how Charles Munch struggled to continue with his orchestra performances despite his worsening health and subsequent death of his wife, Geneviève. Those orchestra performances, at the onset of the Cold War, were in Russia, Finland, London, Prague, Vienna, Rome, Greece, and Israel. Coping with busy schedules, this chapter explains how Munch received the harshest English criticisms he'd ever recieved during this time. However, this was countered by pleasant remarks from President Eisenhower.

Keywords: Boston Symphony Orchestra; Russia; Leningrad Philharmonic hall; Moscow Conservatory; Bostonian-Moscovite controversy; Eisenhower

Chapter.  9112 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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