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Arturo Toscanini's Batons

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Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description (Brief)
Internationally renowned conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867–1957) fled fascist Italy for the United States in 1937. That year, the National Broadcasting Company created a symphony orchestra for him to lead. The orchestra was featured on weekly radio broadcasts and popular sound recordings.
Currently not on view
user; performing artist
Toscanini, Arturo
date made
ca 1939
ca 1940
Credit Line
Gift of Natalia A. Bolognini
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
glass (case top material)
overall: 1 in x 7 5/16 in x 24 3/4 in; 2.54 cm x 18.6055 cm x 62.865 cm
Object Name
batons (5) w/ case
batons, framed
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Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
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Radio broadcasts