This volume offers a collection of articles written by the renowned conductor and scholar Max Rudolf together with a selection of his correspondence relating to material in the articles.
Max Rudolf's conducting career spanned seventy years from his first performances in l920-2l to his last in 1990. His life was devoted to performing scholarship and teaching. He conducted at the Metropolitan Opera from 1943 to 1937 and was Musical Director of the Cincinnati Symphony from 1938 to 1970 after which he combined guest conducting with teaching opera and conducting at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
The articles reflect a lifetime of thought on the art of conducting musical style and performance practice. Rudolf known as an interpreter of the classical repertoire freely shared his vast knowledge of Mozart's and Beethoven's scores with colleagues and students. His conducting book The Grammar of Conducting has been the leading college text in the field for many years. As such it has extended his influence on many generations of conductors. Throughout his life Rudolf corresponded voluminously with other musicians. The letters included in this volume were selected because they shed a warm personal light on the formal published articles thus providing an opportunity to share the mind and thoughts of an outstanding human being.