Oral Histories

Interview of Albert Goldberg

Los Angeles Times music critic.
The Sounding Board
Interviews not in a series, part one
Biographical Note:
Los Angeles Times music critic.
Arkatov, Salome Ramis and Treleven, Dale E.
Goldberg, Albert
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Childhood in Shenandoah, Iowa; family background; early attraction to music; the University of Nebraska; decision to study with Glenn Dillard Gunn; first impressions of Chicago; first impressions of Gunn; history of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Frederick Stock; Eric De Lamerter; Stock performs Stravinsky and Schoenberg; Stock's reorchestration of musical pieces; the opening of the Chicago Auditorium; Rosa Raisa, Kirsten Flagstad, and Mary Garden; Mrs. Rockefeller McCormick; the Ravinia Festival; Goldberg and Gunn as critics for the Chicago Herald and Examiner; the circle of music critics in Chicago; social interaction with artists; Herman and Hattie Devries; connection between Herman Devries's reviews and advertising in the Musical Courier; writing halts with coming of the Depression; Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Music Project; Goldberg joins faculty of the Chicago Musical College; Musical America; purpose of the Chicago Civic Orchestra; Guy Maier; Izler Solomon; Goldberg becomes state director of the WPA Music Project; James Caesar Petrillo and the Chicago Federation of Musicians; organization of the WPA Music Project and bureaucratic problems; Nikolai Sokoloff and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra; Claudia Cassidy's reviews; remembering Frank-lin D. Roosevelt; Claudia Cassidy and a job writing for the Chicago Tribune; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra after Frederick Stock's retirement; Goldberg's move to the Los Angeles Times; associations with the Chandler family; impressions of Los Angeles; comparing the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times; the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; establishment of the Hollywood Bowl; Alfred Wallenstein; Hollywood composers and players; on conductors and their art; Zubin Mehta; Dorothy Buffum Chandler's influence in the music community; Ignace Paderewski and his impact on Goldberg; music education; Goldberg's approach to teaching music criticism; Goldberg's "retirement"; Martin Bernheimer, Goldberg's successor at the Los Angeles Times.