B1248. ANDRÉ KOSTELANETZ. Echos – Memoirs of André Kostelanetz. New York, Harcourt-Brace-Jovanovich, 1981. 247pp. Index; Photos; DJ. - 0-15-127392-8
“Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Kostelanetz escaped in 1922 after the Russian Revolution. He arrived in the United States that year, and in the 1920s, conducted concerts for radio. In the 1930s, he began his own weekly show on CBS, ‘André Kostelanetz Presents’. For many years, Kostelanetz also conducted the New York Philharmonic in pops concerts and recordings, in which they were billed as ‘André Kostelanetz and His Orchestra’.
He commissioned many works, including Aaron Copland's LINCOLN PORTRAIT, Jerome Kern's PORTRAIT OF MARK TWAIN, William Schuman's NEW ENGLAND TRIPTYCH, Paul Creston's FRONTIERS, Ferde Grofé's HUDSON RIVER SUITE, Virgil Thomson's musical portraits of Fiorello La Guardia and Dorothy Thompson, Alan Hovhaness's FLOATING WORLD, and Ezra Laderman's MAGIC PRISON. William Walton dedicated his CAPRICCIO BURLESCO to Kostelanetz, who conducted the first performance and made the first recording, both with the New York Philharmonic.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron