B1250. (KOUSSEVITZKY) MOSES SMITH. Koussevitzky. New York, Allen Towne & Heath, 1947. 400pp. Index; World Premières; Compositions by American Composers; Compositions commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation; Discography; Photos.
“Serge Koussevitzky was a Russian-born Jewish conductor, composer and double-bassist, known for his long tenure as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924 to 1949. He had received a scholarship to the Musico-Dramatic Institute of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, where he studied double bass with Rambusek and music theory. He excelled at the bass, joining the Bolshoi Theatre orchestra at the age of twenty, in 1894, and succeeded his teacher, Rambusek, as the principal bassist in 1901. That same year, according to some sources, he made his début (25 March) as a soloist in Moscow, although his biographer Moses Smith states he made his solo début earlier in 1896; he later won critical acclaim with his first recital in Berlin in 1903. With Reinhold Glière's help, he wrote a popular concerto for the double bass, which he premiered in Moscow in 1905. He soon resigned from the Bolshoi, and he moved to Berlin, where he studied conducting under Arthur Nikisch, using his new-found wealth to pay off his teacher's gambling debts.”
- Zillah D. Akron