Music: Toscanininotes

In Manhattan last week Arturo Toscanini conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra's 2298th concert, the last of the season, its valedictory before it merges with the New York Symphony and becomes the Philharmonic-Symphony of New York. Toscanini will be chief conductor of the blended band. As such last week he was painted by newspapermen:

He is 61, slight, grizzled, the highest paid conductor in the world.*

He conducts wholly from memory, with light, cork-tipped batons imported from Italy. He rarely uses the same stick twice. He often hums while conducting. He will have no guests at his rehearsals....

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