By Edward Arian
The altering position of a superb orchestra within the overall musical lifetime of the group is the subject matter of Dr. Arian's awesome and, certainly, precise learn of the executive difficulties of the Philadelphia Orchestra. As either musician and professional in organizational habit, Dr. Arian describes the improvement of the orchestra by means of Leopold Stokowski into an incomparable musical device, the monetary difficulties it confronted, the transitority answer of those difficulties via a means of bureaucratic compromise, and the disappointment of some of the orchestra's better musical probabilities via the very compromises designed initially to make sure its sability.
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Hartman Kuhn (SR) P. A. B. Widener (SR) a (SR) designates Social Register listing. SOURCE: Frances Anne Wister, Twenty-Five Years of the Philadelphia Orchestra ( Philadelphia: Philadelphia Women's Committees for the Philadelphia Orchestra, 1925). p. 25. -53- TABLE III-2 THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 19011969a A. J. Cassatt 1901-2 to 1905-6 (SR)b (except for 1904-5) John H. Converse 1901-2 to 1910-11 (SR) Eckley B. Coxe, Jr. 1901-2 to 1915-16 (SR) F. T.
And statement of Academy Restoration Fund income and principal balance present fairly the financial position at August 31, 1968, and the results of their operations for the year then ended. Improvements and Academy of Music restoration costs have not been capitalized pursuant to the established practice of the Academy of Music of Philadelphia, Inc. Main Lafrent. & Co. Philadelphia, Pennoylvania October 7. 1968 CONCLUSION The Philadelphia Orchestra has survived the loss of the charismatic leader and the large individual contributor, the depression of 1929, the dislocations and turbulence of World War II, and the postwar inflationary period.
40 In response to this report and under the imperatives of the Philadelphia Orchestra Challenge Program, 41 the Association subsequently issued more detailed financial statements for the 1966-67 and 1967-68 seasons. Thus, although the books are still not open for public inspection, with the aid of these reports and certain other documented facts it is now possible to arrive at a reasonably accurate evaluation of the efficacy, from a strictly financial standpoint, of the operational policies which have been described in this chapter.
Bach, Beethoven and Bureaucracy by Edward Arian