This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to about 45 minutes. As a working science fiction novelist, I take a professional interest in how we get predictions about the future wrong, and why, so that I can avoid repeating the same mistakes. Science fiction is written by people embedded within a society with expectations and political assumptions that bias us towards looking at the shiny surface of new technologies rather than asking how human beings will use them, and to taking narratives of progress at face value rather than asking what hidden agenda they serve.
As described elsewhere in this website - first Victor Acoustic recordings of Leopold Stokowski - Philadelphia Orchestrainthe Boston Symphony Orchestra was the first major orchestra to record for the Victor Talking Machine Company. Victor then was the leading phonograph and phonograph recording company in the U.
Described elsewhere on this website: UntilVictor had not successfully recorded a full symphony orchestra, nor did they have the recording location to do so.
Then, with the construction of the Eighth Floor Auditorium of the Victor headquarters, the "Victor New Office Building no 2" inVictor finally had a suitable recording location for a full symphony orchestra. Read about this by clicking on - First Victor Acoustic Recordings. These recordings were followed on October 22, by the first recordings of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski.
From the surviving recordings and contemporary comment, it is clear that Karl Muck was one of the great conductors of the Boston Symphony. His career in Boston unfortunately came to a sad end, as described below.
Before the arrest, there had been something of an ongoing furor in the press during the previous six months as to whether or not Muck and the Boston Symphony Orchestra would play the Star-Spangled Banner prior to certain concerts which they did not.
This seemingly trivial incident needs to be considered in the context of war fever, and the anti-German sentiments in the US at that time in World War 1. In any case, Karl Muck was arrested on March 26,and Ernst Schmidt was selected to become the temporary conductor for the remainder of the season.
Ernst Schmidt was a first violin of the Boston Symphony for four seasons and he was conductor of the Boston Pops in the summer Pops season.
He was also an active composer whose chamber works were somewhat popular in the early twentieth century. Ernst Schmidt left the Boston Symphony at the end of the season to return to Europe.
Max Fiedler studied piano and conducting at Leipzig and then beginning in at the Hamburg Conservatory. Max Fiedler made his first appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic in He conducted the Hamburg Philharmonic He made his U. This led to his invitation to conduct the Boston Symphony, it was widely said at the recommendation of Karl Muck.
In Boston, Fiedler programmed contemporary music, such as Richard StraussAlexander GlazunovClaude DebussyJean Sibelius and Frederick Deliusas well as the austro-germanic core repertoire. However, not all critics were favorable to Fiedler in Boston. Fiedler was selected because of his warm personal friendship with Dr.
Friendship, however, is no mark of merit Observers said that Fiedler introduced marked accelerations and extremes of tempo in a way, some critics felt, not as called for by the score.
This may have resemblances to what some feel to be the mannered interpretations of Willem Mengelberg. Fiedler, according to more than one source also had the reputation as being something of a "martinet" with orchestras. Max Fiedler also continued to teach, including in Cologne, and among his students was Einar Hansenfuture first violin with the BSO Max Fiedler continued to conduct a number of German Orchestras and make recordings well into the period of the Third Reich.
Max Fiedler died in Stockholm, Sweden December 1, Rabaud came from a family of musicians. With the removal of Karl Muck in March,Boston scrambled to find a new conductor.
Only in September, could Henri Rabaud be announced. Nor could Rabaud arrive in time for the opening concerts in Octoberwhich were led by Pierre Monteux at that time conducting at the Metropolitan Operawith piano soloist Josef Hofmann 55, as shown in the announcement photograph, below.
Henri Rabaud was principal conductor of the Boston Symphony for one season,and was not reengaged for the following season.
Rabaud returned to France in the summer of In andalthough not required by the authorities 1, Rabaud asked political guidance from the German ambassador. Rabaud then excluded, first the Jewish background professors from the Conservatoire, and later, the Jewish musical students.
After the withdrawal of the Nazis from France inRabaud took actions to insulate himself from charges of collaboration, and nothing further was said.
Henri Rabaud died in suburban Paris Neuilly on September 11, at age He studied violin from youth, and gained admittance to the Paris Conservatoire in at the age of nine.
Monteux then took up the viola, studying with Theophile Laforgeprofessor of viola at the Paris Conservatoire. This Summer experience was perhaps something like the conducting training experienced gained in regional theaters by beginning conductors in Germany.
InMonteux became conductor of the Sergei Diaghilev Ballets russes ballet company, which gained Monteux his first wider conducting recognition.
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