Toscanini, Arturo - His Baton + Autograph Letter Signed by Walter Toscanini
Item #: H1384-MRR1
Star Italian conductor (1867-1957), considered one of the greatest of all times.
Baton that belonged to the great director, given to the librarian of the NBC Orchestra, James Dolan. James B. Dolan (1915-2006), was the librarian for the Boston Pop Orchestra under Arthur Friedler, became the NBC Orchestra under Toscanini in 1942. Dolan befriended Toscanini and took care of the scores as well as the maestro´s batons, touring with the NBC Orchestra in the 1950s.
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Also included is an autograph letter by Toscanini´s son Walter, sent to Dolan a month after Toscanini´s death in January 1957, with the envelope. Both items, baton and autograph letter, come from the estate of James Dolan, and are provided with a certificate of authenticity from us.
Baton is 11.25 inches long, has a cracked tip (it was normal for Toscanini to break batons during rehearsals), while the autograph letter is 5.6 x 8.75 inches, in excellent condition.
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