The Spanish musician José Iturbi was born on November 28, 1895 in Valencia.
A child prodigy,Iturbihe studied piano at the Paris Conservatory of Music and later taught at the Geneva Conservatory of Music. In 1929 he made his debut in New York and, remaining in the United States, initially concentrated on classical music, touring as a concert pianist.
He made his conducting debut in Mexico City in 1933, and then also served as principal conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1936 to 1944. In Hollywood from the mid-1940s, he performed inThousands Cheer(1943) from MGM.IturbiHe not only played classical music but also boogie-woogie, and was expected to excel at the former but fare poorly at the latter.
Also in 1945 came what many consider, with considerable justification, to be Hollywood’s worst biopic,A Song To Remember. Loaded with an inadvertently hilarious script, it allegedly portrayed the life of the classical composer Frederick Chopin.Iturbiprovided the soundtrack playing piano for the screen Chopin played by Cornel Wilde and, little by little, his album of “Polonaise in A-flat majorThe composer’s “sold very well.