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One Woman in a HundredEdna Phillips and the Philadelphia Orchestra$
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Mary Sue Welsh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037368

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037368.001.0001

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On to Fantasia

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One Woman in a Hundred

Mary Sue Welsh

University of Illinois Press

This chapter details Eugene Ormandy's assumption of the role as co-conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra in the fall of 1936. According to Phillips, if Ormandy, who was to lead the orchestra for twenty-two weeks that season while Stokowski would be there for only six, felt overwhelmed, he didn't show it. Outwardly unbowed by Stoki's renown or the excellence of the players, he picked up the reins in a direct, unassuming, but very professional manner. Willing to work terrifically hard, he combined an impeccable sense of intonation with a powerful memory that enabled him to memorize scores in record time. His evident abilities calmed the fears of those in the orchestra who worried that he might not be up to the job, and the players responded well to his leadership, at least for a while.

Keywords:   Edna Phillips, female musicians, harpists, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, conductors

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