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The Great OrchestratorArthur Judson and American Arts Management$
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James M. Doering

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037412

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037412.001.0001

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Fertile Ground in Philadelphia, 1915–1921

Fertile Ground in Philadelphia, 1915–1921

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The Great Orchestrator

James M. Doering

University of Illinois Press

This chapter follows Judson's journey to Philadelphia in July 1915, and how he immediately immersed himself in the orchestra's ongoing projects. His principal partner in these endeavors was Stokowski, and the two men corresponded regularly that summer and into the fall. Stokowski was the public face of the orchestra and probably its most important asset, but he was not a dictator. The premiere of Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 during Judson's first year in Philadelphia illustrates this point. Stokowski and Judson crafted a plan for promoting the Schoenberg piece. As they worked on this project, it appears that both rethought the idea of proclaiming the Chamber Symphony bad music. Rather than focus on the value judgment, Stokowski and Judson opted instead for a publicity campaign designed to prepare the audience for the Schoenberg experience.

Keywords:   Arthur Judson, Stokowski, Philadelphia, Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony, bad music, publicity campaign, Schoenberg experience

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