People I Made Music with

'People I Made Music with' tells of fascinating artists and also affords glimpses of a life of enviable variety.
Tidboald, David
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Title: People I Made Music With
Author: David Tidboald
Type: Autobiography
Imprint: Umuzi
Publisher: Randomhouse Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2000
ISBN 9781415200551 / ISBN 978-1-4152-0055-1
Softcover, 15x22 cm, 144 pages, several photos


Born in England in 1926 in the historic naval port of Plymouth, David Tidboald now enjoys his retirement in Simon's Town, South Africa's equivalent. Improbably enough, it was while doing national service in the Royal Navy that he was sent, at the end of World War II, to Berlin and was there presented with opportunities that led to his career in music. In 1960, he was appointed to the first of the three orchestras in South Africa of which he was resident conductor, two of which he was instrumental in forming from scratch.

While occupying these positions, as well as during the freelance years that preceded them, he worked with many of the greatest musicians, singers and dancers of the age. From Alicia Markova and Margot Fonteyn to Birgit Nilsson and Anna Russell, as conductor and also, in the earlier years, as pianist. This book tells of these fascinating people and also affords glimpses of a life of enviable variety.

Content: People I Made Music with

Part One: Before 1960
Two pianists
Moura Lympany
Benno Moiseiwitsch
A tale of two cities
Berlin 1945-46
The London College of Music 1947-51
Two singers
Kathleen Ferrier
Anna Russell
The ballerinas
Alicia Markova
Beryl Grey
Margot Fonteyn
The conductors
George Weldon
Anatol Fistoulari
Wilhelm Furtwängler
John Barbirolli
Adrian Boult
Constantin Silvestri
John Pritchard
Arthur Fiedler
The critics
Part Two: 1960 Onwards
Two guest appearances
Flora Robson
Mary Renault
Two sopranos
Birgit Nilsson
Rita Streich
Four Spaniards
Narciso Yepes
Niconor Zabaleta
Victoria de los Angeles
Alicia de Larrocha
A tale of two orchestras
The Capab Orchestra
The Natal Philharmonic
The composers
Igor Stravinsky
Richard Rodney Bennett
Donald Woods
Four more pianists
Ivor Newton
Gina Bachauer
Ingrid Haebler
John Lill
Four South African sopranos
Joyce Barker
Mimi Coertse
Marita Napier
Cecilia Wessels
In conclusion
Index of persons
Note on illustrator