Music: Cut Out the Cant

There was the time when he became so elated at a New York Philharmonic rehearsal that he fell off the podium into the second violins. "Podiums," he said, picking himself up with a lordly air, "are expressly designed as a conspiracy to get rid of conductors." Or the time Fritz Reiner congratulated him on "a delightful evening spent with Mozart and Beecham." "Why," came the reply, "drag in Mozart?" Or the time he was visiting as an honored guest in Mexico City and was asked his opinion of the regular conductor of the...

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