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Entelis, C.F. (1984). Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. Psychoanal Q., 53:347-348.

(1984). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 53:347-348

Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York

Charles F. Entelis

DISCUSSION: Mr. Harold Schonberg stated that all the great autocratic conductors have served as father figures to their players. While not the towering musical genius of his time because he was not creative, Toscanini was the towering conductor of his time, and he did get the best results technically. Enumerating the prerequisites of great conductors (arrogance, a good ear and beat, a thorough knowledge of the score), Mr. Schonberg commented on Toscanini's special talents: his extraordinary memory, his synesthetic gift, and his ability to make each member of his orchestra feel that he was looking and listening to him alone. His level of aural and physical organization, superior but not unique, and the force of his personality enabled him to pull from his players what no one else could. Mr.

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