Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Of Men and Music can be described as a live-action Fantasia; indeed, both films feature critic-composer Deems Taylor as narrator. A host of world-famous musicians are seen in concert and at leisure. Screenwriters Liam O'Brien, Harry Kurnitz, John Paxton and David Epstein have rather unecessarily added dramatic continuities, wherein the artists are shown dickering with their managers, rushing to meet concert dates, etc. These scenes can be forgotten in the light of the wonderful music provided by such masters as Artur Rubinstein, Jan Peerce, Nadine Conner, Jascha Heifetz, Dimitri Mitropoulos and Victor Young. Trade-screened in late 1950, Of Men and Music was released to the public in 1951.
behind-the-scenes, classical-music, concert-footage, conductor [music], musician, orchestra, pianist, rehearsal, violinist