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    One of the world's greatest musicians, Leopold Stokowski, has died at his home in southern England at the age of 95.

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    SV Interviewer, Barbara Walters in 1972 asking question

    SV Leopold Stokowski speaking

    WALTERS: "Maestro, you talk of, not work, but love of what you do, but you have a very busy schedule, you're still actively conducting, what is a daily schedule like for you?"

    STOKOWSKI: "Study. I have to study what we call the score, the partitura, that we are going to perform, so that I know it thoroughly, and can make the conducting that I do clear and simple, because great things are always clear and simple, and great persons are always simple."

    WALTERS: "Do you do all the auditioning of the members of the orchestra yourself?"

    STOKOWSKI: "Yes..."

    WATERS: "You still do...maestro, you have said, I have learned much more from my failures than from my successes, success can poison you."

    STOKOWSKI: "What did I say?"

    WALTERS: "This was a quotation of yours....."

    STOKOWSKI: "Did I say a silly thing like that? Well, I say it out, I reverse it. Would you mind reading it out?"

    WALTERS: "Well, what the quotation was....I have learned much more from my failures than from my successes. Success can poison you, and I thought no conductor has had a longer career or been more successful than you, and I wondered how you kept from being poisoned."

    STOKOWSKI: "Yes, it is an interesting question, and I don't know the answer."

    WALTERS: "I would think that success would have brought you much joy and fulfilment."

    STOKOWSKI: "No, I think from failures one learns more. Because usually when one fails one did something and should do the opposite of that. So one learns from failure."

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    Background: One of the world's greatest musicians, Leopold Stokowski, has died at his home in southern England at the age of 95. A spokesman for his family said the musician died peacefully after a heart attack in the Hampshire village of Nether Wallop. Stokowski was born in England of a Polish father and an Irish mother in 1882, and was educated at the Royal College of Music in London. He made his debut in England as orchestral conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1951 -- after a long career in the United States. He'd conducted several American orchestras including the NBC symphony and the New York Philharmonic, and became an American citizen early this century. Stokowski gained a reputation as a musical experimenter, and earned high praise for his transcriptions of Bach's music and works originally intended for solo instruments. His career took him to almost every corner of the globe, and he was still working for the CBS record company when he died. He'd recently completed recording a symphony with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. In April 1972, to mark his 90th birthday, NBC's Barbara Walters interviewed Stokowski in New York:

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