New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
Nazi connections: An August 28, 1945 letter from general manager Arthur Judson to music director Arthur Rodzinski expresses concern over a program designed to celebrate the Allied Victory. Of particular concern was a piece by Richard Strauss, who, for complex reasons, was known to cooperate with the early Nazi regime.
“I am not so sure about the second half," it reads in part. "We know the record of Richard Strauss in connection with the Nazis and we know that we have received quite some protests about the playing of his music during the war. Therefore, I am afraid to put on the first Victory program Strauss’s 'Death and Transfiguration,' which will, I am afraid, arouse considerable comment and criticism. I imagine that later on in the season it will be all right but for the opening program, there will certainly be some resentment."