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Rodzinski Correspondence 1943, Jan 7, 1943 - Dec 17, 1943

Correspondence between Artur Rodzinski and Bruno Zirato re: first year as Music Director and proposed changes in the orchestra: soloists; hiring of new members of the orchestra; problems with the resignation of concertmaster Mishel Piastro; issues with the Musicians' Union on hiring and contracts with new orchestra members; sudden resignation of first bassoon Benjamin Kohon to join the NBC Symphony; problems finding replacements for resigning or fired orchestra members; pension considerations; draft status of potential orchestra members; hiring of William Polisi (bassoon), Leonard Rose (cello), Michael Rosenker (violin), Joseph Singer (horn) and Harold Gomberg (oboe), the latter after being classified 4-F; contract negotiations with the Musicians' Union; problems filling bass trombone position, new Stravinsky work, ALS-Bruno Zirato (19 May 1943, 16 Aug 1943); appointment of Leonard Bernstein as Assistant Conductor; appointment of Halina Rodzinski as Secretary to the Music Director; problems arising from drafting of orchestra members; changes in contract with Rodzinski
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  • Leon Levy Foundation
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Rodzinski Correspondence 1943, 7 Jan 1943 - 17 Dec 1943, Folder 1078-01-05, Music Director/Conductors Records, New York Philharmonic Shelby White & Leon Levy Digital Archives.

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