Cinema: Toscanini: Hymn of the Nations

(Mayer-Burstyn), made by OWI Overseas in 1943 for European distribution, is now for the first time released in the U.S. Its star: Arturo Toscanini, who (with Tenor Jan Peerce, the Westminster Choir and the NBC Symphony Orchestra) made this movie debut, for patriotic motives, free of charge. Content: Verdi's Overture to La Forza del Destino and Hymn of the Nations, the latter with revisions and interpolations by Toscanini. (He changed Italia, patria mia—Italy, my fatherland—to Italia tradita—Italy, betrayed, and climaxed the piece with the Internationale and The Star-Spangled Banner.)

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