Leopold Stokowski began his career in England as an organist and choirmaster. This first major study of
Stokowski's early years covers his education at the Royal College of Music, his church posts in London,
and his three years spent as director of music at New York's prestigious St. Bartholomew's Church -- all before his appointment as conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. An examination of the programs of his organ recitals (played on the third largest organ in America), a list of
his repertoire, facsimiles of his original choral works, an analysis of his Aeolian player organ roll of Bach's
Passacaglia, and a detailed study of his famous orchestral transcriptions of Bach's organ works, reveals a
new and unique insight into Stokowski's unparalleled career in music.