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             The conductor sends a one page typed letter signed with hand written corrections to the concert pianist and WQXR executive Abram Chasins on his personal letter head from his Berkshires home, Serenak, July 29, 1950.  We offer with a postcard portrait of the conductor seated at “The Red House” at Tanglewood.

 

July 29, 1950

 

Dear Abram;

 

I received messages from New York telling me of the record-program you gave on the eve of my Anniversary and I want to tell you how much I appreciate your friendly remembrance of the day.

 

Indeed dear Abram, as I told you in my last letter, I never forget your arduous work of the past, and wish (Constance and) you could attend the Bach Mass on Thursday, August 10th in Tanglewood.  If you can, Olga will save seats for you…..

 

Two elements of Koussevitzky’s (1874-1951) career are covered by the Maestro in this letter. First, Chasins (1903-1987), a fine concert pianist was the Program Manager for WQXR, the classical radio station in New York City in 1950.  While Chasins only performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra four times between 1939 and 1945 and four performances were Bach concertos for two pianists, they apparently remained friendly over the years and the Boston Symphony Orchestra was a regular orchestra at Carnegie Hall at this time.  Chasins ran a record program the evening of October 10, 1949, to honor the 25th anniversary of Koussevitzky’s debut as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  The second point which most do not know is Koussevitzky’s love for the music of Johanne Sebastien Bach.  Most remember him as an advocate of new music and Russian music and not the fact that he constantly programmed Bach throughout his time as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Between March 24, 1931 and July 10, 1950, Koussevitzky programmed 16 performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor BWV 232.  Not a small undertaking as it requires not only the orchestra, but soloists, a chorus, organist and a harpsichordist.  The Tanglewood performance on August 10, 1950 described in the letter was his final performance of the work and a one off that Festival season with E. Power Biggs and Erwin Bodky performing on organ and harpsichord.  They had performed the work once during the 1949 season at Symphony Hall, March 27, 1949 on Greenough Discs where the exact same soloists and performers took part.

 

Perfect for display!

 

 

SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY - CONDUCTOR