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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Leopold Stokowski
A century after Leopold Stokowski took the reins of The Philadelphia Orchestra, a history detective set on his trail has tracked down rarely-seen correspondence and belongings of the conductor affectionately known as "Stoki."
Quite early in this look back at a life spent among artists and musicians, Rosamond Bernier lets drop a telling anecdote, where Aaron Copland confides to her about a youthfulLeonard Bernstein: "We don't have to worry about THAT one."
The musicians known as the Fabulous Philadelphians are feeling more drab than fab about their management these days.
Soprano soloist Helen Boatwright, who championed the performance of American song and recorded the first full-length album of songs by composer Charles Ives, has died.
"It was real archival detective work," he said this week. "I was able to find some interesting artifacts ... it was pretty thrilling to have those primary source materials in my hands."
Before the "Temple of Music" project was shelved by the Great Depression, Stokowski had been urging organizers to choose his friend, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, to design what would have been a modernist music palace on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.