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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000072.txt from 2005/08

From: Karl Krelove <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Apllause and other interriptions at concerts
Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2005 11:27:14 -0400

Not surprising. Stokie didn't like programs rustling during concerts
either and, at least according to anecdotal tradition in Philadelphia,
would stop and lecture the audience if he heard it from the stage. I saw
him stalk offstage more than once during an outdoor concert (at the old
Robin hood Dell) in the 1960s because a pilot had the temerity to fly
his plane near enough to the site to have been heard - and demand in a
newspaper interview the next day that flights and trains (there are
tracks very nearby as well) ought to have been prohibited in the area of
the Dell during concerts.

But I'm not sure Stokowski had so much influence outside Philadelphia
even in the U.S. and certainly not back in Europe. He must have become
an especially flamboyant exemplar here (in the U.S.) of something that
was already going on in Europe as he was growing up and receiving his
musical training.

Adam Michlin wrote:

> It seems that the culprit for the suppression of applause at
> orchestral concerts was none other than Leopold Stokowski in the late
> 1920s.

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