Respondent
Goldberg, Bernard
Interview Date
1986
Abstract
Bernard Goldberg, a flutist who studied with Pablo Casals and played with the Pittsburgh Symphony; birth year, 1923;
[T1S1] parents from Poland; father's immigration to United States in 1906; mother's immigration at age eleven to join her parents in Belleville, IL; parents settle there after marriage; family names and genealogy; father's dry goods store, junkyard business during the depression; list of siblings; flute lessons in sixth grade; recollections of Belleville, IL; recollections of public school; enters Julliard School of Music in New York to study flute; remains in New York from 1940-43; takes positions as second flute with Cleveland Symphony; promotion to first flute in two years; returns to New York to study and freelance as a musician; takes a position with Pittsburgh Symphony in the 1940s and remains in Pittsburgh;
[T1S2] religious education, home life; affiliation with Temple Sinai; recollections of Pittsburgh in 1947; early residences in Pittsburgh; discussion of Pittsburgh Symphony, Young Men's and Women's Hebrew Association Music Series, and Pittsburgh Chamber Music Series; attends the first Casals Festival in Paris, France in 1950; names of festival performers; participation in almost every Casals festival until Casals' death in 1976; a discussion of William Steinberg, a previous conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony; symphony tour of Europe in 1964; visits to the death camps in Poland; a story about Steinberg and a rock from Israel;
[T2S3] dates of parent's deaths; recollections of Paris in 1949; stories of anti-Semitism in Belleville, IL; obtaining funds for the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1940s; increase in attendance for symphony concerts; discussion of Heinz Hall; a discussion of several conductors including Fritz Reiner, Leopold Stokowski, Victor DeSabata, Sir Thomas Beecham, William Steinberg, George Szell, Andre Previn, and Leonard Bernstein; debuting many works by famous composers;
[T2S4] recollections of the Casals Festivals; personal opinions about understanding music; quotes by Pablo Casals; funding for the Casals Festivals; Casals moves himself and the festival to Puerto Rico at age seventy-three; Casals second marriage; personal opinions about Casals; personal opinions about music after the Holocaust; music's place in society; education's effect on cultural life in Pittsburgh; associate conductor for Pittsburgh Youth Symphony for forty years, conductor for Pittsburgh Training Symphony and Duquesne University Orchestra and Opera Workshop; pupils who have made notable careers in music;
[T3S5] economics of orchestral touring; a list of patrons of the symphony; racial discrimination in Pittsburgh; discussion of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony; discussion of Loren Maazel's career; discussion of Interlochen Music Camp in Michigan; studying conducting with Vladimir Bakaleinikoff, a viola player and conducting teacher at Interlochen; discussion of the humanist tradition in music;
[T3S6] names of musicians R considers to be followers of the humanist tradition; techniques of flute playing, teachers; musical groups he has performed with; recording for Pantheon Records; his personal favorite composers, periods in music; flutists he admires; feels music to be his calling; role of being Jewish in his musical life; role of Jewish community in music in Pittsburgh; hobbies; practice schedule; vacations, trips to Europe;
[T4S7] changes in Pittsburgh since 1947; examples of anti-Semitism; community activities; political activities; personal successes; highlights of career with Pittsburgh Symphony; recordings of note; interest in opera; Performer in Residence, University of Pittsburgh; enjoyment of life in Pittsburgh; his solid gold flute, made in 1953.
Subjects
Casals, Pablo, 1876-1973; Maazel, Lorin, 1930-; Musicians; Music; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra; Steinberg, William, 1899-1978
Length (hours)
4
Interviewer1
Levant, Marion
Interviewer2
Andelman, Emily
Collateral Materials
Box 102 FF 1
Identifier
ais196440.161
Rights
All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh