Isadora speaks : writings & speeches of Isadora Duncan / edited & introduced by Franklin Rosemont ; with a preface by Ann Barzel.
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A heroic size head of the great German composer sits on top of a granite column at the base of which is a life-size draped female figure who holds a lyre.The original sculpture, located in New York's Central Park, was dedicated on July 22, 1884.
That the gift might be Italian in every detail it was made in Italy, from the decorative bronze parts to the stone base and pedestal which are of the celebrated red and black granite of Baveno on the Lago Maggiore. The monument is nearly 24 feet high and weighs 52 tons. It was supervised by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Milan.
Fifty thousand persons wedged themselves into the sunken garden in front of the park bandstand, but barely half could get with range of the speakers' voices.Other than the Star Spangled Banner, the musicians presented an all-Verdi program. A choir of public school children, the United Choral Society of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Park Band participated in the festivities. Despite suffering from a cold, prima donna Luisa Tetrazzini was the featured performer. During her sojourn in San Francisco, she also participated in the ceremony setting the cornerstone for the following year Panama-Pacific International Exposition.