Koussevitzky

Koussevitzky

Koussevitzky

Koussevitzky

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The ensuing pages are in no sense an "authorized" biography, and the sources are accordingly summarized herewith.

First of all, there was available an earlier biography of Koussevitzky by his friend Arthur Lourié. The value of this source was unfortunately lessened greatly by its numerous errors, by the author's excessively worshipful attitude toward his subject, and by the book's inadequate factual content, particularly as to omissions of important matter about Koussevitzky's origins and early life.

The special significance of these errors of commission and omission lies in the fact that Lourié's Life was "authorized" by Koussevitzky. In an effort to correct them I had recourse, among other sources, to those who knew Koussevitzky "when"—for there are still many such in this country.

From 1905, when the printed accounts about Koussevitzky became plentiful, the task of reconstructing his life was relatively easy. Most of the material appeared in magazines and newspapers, Russian, French, German, English and American. The reference-books unfortunately tend to repeat the same misinformation as is contained in Lourié's Life, even those that were published many years earlier. So do many of the autobiographical statements . . .

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