Philadelphia Maestros

Ormandy, Muti, Sawallisch

Phyllis White Rodriguez-Peralta
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HC: $35.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-487-8
Publication: Mar 06

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Publication: Mar 06

192 pages
6 x 8
11 halftones

The story of the Philadelphia Orchestra told through three of its greatest conductors

Read the Preface and an excerpt from Chapter 1 (pdf).


Over the past century, the Philadelphia Orchestra has earned its reputation as one of the finest orchestras in the world. Philadelphia Maestros tells the tale of this marvelous orchestra through the tenures of three conductors: Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. With their singular approaches to sound and public image, all three maestros left an indelible mark on the Orchestra, and the cultural life of the city of Philadelphia.

A lifelong fan and scholar of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Phyllis Rodriguez-Peralta paints intimate portraits of the conductors using archival material and interviews with musicians, including pianists Gary Graffman and Lang Lang, and violinist Sarah Chang. Rodriguez-Peralta's text captivates as she recounts Eugene Ormandy's performance as a last-minute substitute for guest conductor Arturo Toscanini; Riccardo Muti's magnetic presence and international fame; and the role of Wolfgang Sawallisch in moving the Orchestra to its grand new hall at the Kimmel Center.

Engaging and entertaining, Philadelphia Maestros will be a welcome addition to any aficionado's bookshelf.


"The author's affection and good cheer can be felt on every page.... (She) has gathered most of the relevant information after perusing archival materials and conducting a few interviews, and has set it all out in a diverting manner.... Rodriguez-Peralta manages to draw three very distinct artists and personalities."
The Jewish Exponent

"Phyllis White Rodrí us affectionate portraits of the last three directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra."
The Philadelphia City Paper

Table of Contents

A Note on Sources
1. Eugene Ormandy
2. Riccardo Muti
3. Wolfgang Sawallisch
4. Voices from the Music World
Gary Graffman, Lang Lang, Sarah Chang
Selected Bibliography

About the Author(s)

Phyllis White Rodríguez-Peralta is an Emeritus Professor of Temple University, formerly the Chairman of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her previous books are: Jose Santos Chocano: An Analysis of His Works, and Tres Poetas Cumbres en la Poesía Peruana.