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Shoot the Conductor

Too Close to Monteux, Szell, and Ormandy

Anshel Brusilow (author) Robin Underdahl (author)

ISBN: 9781574416138

Publication Date: Aug 2015

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Anshel Brusilow played with or conducted many top-tier classical musicians, and he has opinions about each and every one. This memoir offers a fascinating and unique view of American classical music during an important era, as well as an inspiring story of a working-class immigrant child making good in a tough arena.
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Anshel Brusilow was born in 1928 and raised in Philadelphia by musical Russian Jewish parents in a neighborhood where practicing your instrument was as normal as hanging out the laundry. By the time he was sixteen, he was appearing as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also met Pierre Monteux at sixteen, when Monteux accepted him into his summer conducting school. Under George Szell, Brusilow was associate concertmaster at the Cleveland Orchestra until Ormandy snatched him away to make him concertmaster in Philadelphia, where he remained from 1959 to 1966.

Ormandy and Brusilow had a father-son relationship, but Brusilow could not resist conducting, to Ormandy’s great displeasure. By the time he was forty, Brusilow had sold his violin and formed his own chamber orchestra in Philadelphia with more than a hundred performances per year. For three years he was conductor of the Dallas Symphony, until he went on to shape the orchestral programs at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas.

Brusilow played with or conducted many top-tier classical musicians, and he has opinions about each and every one. He also made many recordings. Co-written with Robin Underdahl, his memoir is a fascinating and unique view of American classical music during an important era, as well as an inspiring story of a working-class immigrant child making good in a tough arena.
Illustrations 50 black & white photographs
Pages 336
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2015
Publisher University of North Texas Press
Series Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series
Series Part 7
Subject/s Classical music (c 1750 to c 1830)   Biography & True Stories  
After a long and distinguished career in music, Anshel Brusilow retired from conducting the Richardson Symphony and lives in Dallas, USA.

Robin Underdahl holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and writes fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. She also lives in Dallas, USA.

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