Charles Munch

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Munch, Charles (b Strasbourg, 1891; d Richmond, Va., 1968). Alsatian-born conductor and violinist (Fr. cit. 1920). Prof. of vn., Strasbourg Cons., 1919–25 and leader of Strasbourg orch.; prof. Leipzig Cons. 1925–32 and leader of Gewandhaus Orch. Début as cond. Paris 1932. Founder and cond., Orchestre de la Société Philharmonique 1935–8. London début 1938. Cond., Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 1938–46 and prof. of cond. Paris Cons. Salzburg Fest. début 1946; US début Boston 1946. Cond. Boston SO 1949–62; dir., Berkshire Mus. Center 1951–62. Toured Europe, Far East, and Australia with Boston SO. Organized Orchestre de Paris 1967.

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Charles Münch (shärl münsh), 1891–1968, French conductor and violinist, b. Alsace. Having conducted and directed orchestras in Paris (1933–48), Münch appeared for three seasons from 1947 as guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and was chief conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1949 until 1962. He was noted for his interpretations of modern French works.

See his I Am a Conductor (1954, tr. 1955).

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