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Andre Kostelanetz – Conductor
Andre Kostelanetz, reflecting on his career in 1979, noted that conducting provided a creative spark that composing couldn't light.1 He held distinctive views on what music should sound like and worked throughout his career to accomplish that sound both in the radio studio and the concert hall. A good conductor, according to Kostelanetz, "must be absolutely sure of himself musically. He must know the...
Andre Kostelanetz collection at the Library of Congress includes a limited amount of music for Kostelanetz’s commissioned works.
Andre Kostelanetz is not remembered as a composer, nor did he consider himself one. Early in his career he wrote Lake Louise, a harp piece later arranged for piano and orchestra. In 1939 Kostelanetz, with Mack David and Mack Davis, adapted the second movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E major into "Moon Love," and with David turned Tchaikovsky's String Quartet No. 1...
USO Tours and War Effort
Andre Kostelanetz felt a strong need to contribute to the American war effort during World War II. As he wrote in Echoes: "To the question, what should my contribution to the war effort be, the answer was obvious: make as much music as I could in as many places and as often as possible." (p. 98)