Josef Stransky


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(b Humpolec, Bohemia, 1872; d NY, 1936). Bohemian conductor. Prin. cond., Landestheater, Prague, 1898, Hamburg 1903–10. Also cond. in Berlin, Dresden, London, Amsterdam, etc. Succeeded Mahler as cond. NYPO 1911, holding post until 1923. Retired 1924, going into art-dealing business. Wrote operas and other works, and adapted Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict. Figures in R. Strauss's opera Intermezzo as Stroh; he was the cond. for whom Strauss was mistaken by an importunate lady, thereby nearly precipitating Strauss's divorce.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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