William Steinberg

Biography

Born: August 1, 1899; Cologne, Germany   Died: May 16, 1978; New York, NY  
William Steinberg (born Wilhelm Hans Steinberg) was a conductor and an exceptional orchestra builder and interpreter of the Romantic to early-twentieth century repertory.

He developed precociously as a musician. At the age of 13 he composed and conducted a cantata for chorus and orchestra based on selections of Ovid's Metamorphoses. He was also a fast-developing pianist and violinist. He studied at Cologne Conservatory with Franz
Read more Bölsche in music theory, Lazzaro Uzielli in piano, and Hermann Abendroth in conducting. He won the Wüllner prize in conducting in his graduation year of 1920.

He obtained a position conducting at Cologne Opera, where he was assistant to Otto Klemperer. When Klemperer left in 1924, Steinberg received the appointment as Principal Conductor. In 1925 he accepted the post of conductor of the German Theater in Prague. In 1929 he became musical director of the Frankfurt Opera. His tenure there was marked by an interest in modern opera. His productions included Berg's Wozzeck, Schoenberg's Von heute auf Morgen, Antheil's Transatlantic, and Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.

The advent of Nazi rule in 1933 effectively ended his German career. He was restricted to conducting concerts for the Jewish Culture League in Frankfurt and Berlin. This was an insidious creation of the Nazis that both furthered its institutionalized anti-Semitism by creating a segregated organization for a segregated orchestra, while preserving the illusion that the Nazis goals went no further than ethnic separation. Steinberg left Germany in 1936 for Palestine, where he conducted the new orchestra there that eventually became the Israel Philharmonic. The Palestine Philharmonic's first concert was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. After working with Steinberg, Toscanini invited him to go to the United States as associate conductor of his NBC Symphony Orchestra. Steinberg took up that position in 1938.

Toscanini and Klemperer were Steinberg's two mentors. He adopted their clear, faithful approach to the classic scores and, like Klemperer, lost much of his early interest in modern music. Steinberg guest conducted regularly during his tenure with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. In 1945 he became Music Director of the Buffalo (New York) Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1952 he obtained the major appointment of his career, as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He restored that orchestra to an artistic high point. Concurrently, he was musical director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1958 - 1960).

In 1960 he scored a great success guest conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was the preferred choice of its board for their next music director, as Charles Münch was stepping down from the position. However, RCA, the orchestra's record company, successfully pressured them to appoint Erich Leinsdorf, already on their roster of conductors. After Leinsdorf's tenure, one of mixed success, ended, they did appoint Steinberg to the post effective 1969. This was also only a partial success, because then health problems interfered with his abilities and caused frequent substitutions. He left the position in 1972 and restricted his activities. Read less

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Born: August 1, 1899; Cologne, Germany   Died: May 16, 1978; New York, NY  
William Steinberg (born Wilhelm Hans Steinberg) was a conductor and an exceptional orchestra builder and interpreter of the Romantic to early-twentieth century repertory.

He developed precociously as a musician. At the age of 13 he composed and conducted a cantata for chorus and orchestra based on selections of Ovid's Metamorphoses. He was also a fast-developing pianist and violinist. He studied at Cologne Conservatory with Franz
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TITLE/COMPOSER
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Kyrie
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria: Qui tollis
Gloria: Quoniam
Credo: Credo in unum Deum
Credo: Et incarnatus est
Credo: Et resurrexit
Sanctus: Sanctus
Sanctus: Benedictus
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Moderato - Tranquillo
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Moderato - Tranquillo
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Andante - Tempo I - Cadenza
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Andante - Tempo I - Cadenza
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Animando - Allegro - Piu animando
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82 (1993 Digital Remaster): Animando - Allegro - Piu animando
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 1. Mars, The Bringer Of War
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 2. Venus, The Bringer Of Peace
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 3. Mercury, The Winged Messenger
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 4. Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 5. Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 6. Uranus, The Magician
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 7. Neptune, The Mystic
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (2001 Digital Remaster): I: Allegro ma non troppo (Cadenza by Nathan Milstein)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (2001 Digital Remaster): II: Larghetto
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (2001 Digital Remaster): III: Rondo (Allegro) (Cadenza by Nathan Milstein)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 (2001 Digital Remaster): I: Allegro non troppo (Cadenza by Nathan Milstein)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 (2001 Digital Remaster): II: Adagio
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 (2001 Digital Remaster): III: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Concerto No. 2, Op. 21 in F minor: Maestoso
Larghetto
Allegro vivace
Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 48 (2001 Digital Remaster): I. Pezzo in forma di sonatina
Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 48 (2001 Digital Remaster): II. Waltz
Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 48 (2001 Digital Remaster): III. Elegy
Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 48 (2001 Digital Remaster): IV. Finale: Tema russo
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Andantino semplice
III. Allegro con fuoco
Concerto No.. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: Moderato; Allegro
Adagio sostenuto
Allegro scherzando
Concerto No.. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: Moderato; Allegro
Adagio sostenuto
Allegro scherzando
Allegro non troppo
Scherzando: Allegro molto
Andante
Rondo: Allegro
Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20: Moderato
Lento
Un poco più lento
Allegro molto vivace
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28: Andante
Allegro ma non troppo
Più allegro
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: II. Canzonetta (Andante)
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: III. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28: Andante
Allegro ma non troppo
Più allegro
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 1. Mars, The Bringer Of War
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 2. Venus, The Bringer Of Peace
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 3. Mercury, The Winged Messenger
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 4. Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 5. Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 6. Uranus, The Magician
Holst: The Planets, Op.32 - 7. Neptune, The Mystic


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