B1027. SIR THOMAS BEECHAM. A Mingled Chime [Autobiography]. New York, Putnam’s, 1943. 330pp. Index; DJ.
“Autobiography of the world famous conductor. First published in 1944, this is Sir Thomas' detailed memoirs of his varied and busy life up till 1923, and although his intention was to write a sequel this was never realised. He tells of the encouragement he received from Delius, and the deep impression the composer made on him, and provides discourses on opera and ballet, and his encounters with Strauss and Stravinsky. Sir Thomas Beecham was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He was also closely associated with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. From the early 20th century until his death, Beecham was a major influence on the musical life of Britain and, according to the BBC, was Britain's first international conductor.”
- Ned Ludd