The young Abravanel played four-hand piano arrangements with Ansermet, began to compose, and met composers such as Darius Milhaud and Igor Stravinsky. He was passionate about music and knew he wanted a career as a musician. He became the pianist for the municipal theatre and music critic for the city's daily newspaper. Maurice's father, however, insisted on a career in medicine and sent him to the University of Zürich, where he was miserable, having to dissect corpses. He wrote to his father that he would rather be second percussionist in an orchestra than a doctor, and his father finally relented. Abravanel lived in Germany from 1922 to 1933, heavily involving himself in the music scene there.
He lived in Paris from 1933 to 1936, and while there he spent nearly a year in Australia as a guest conductor. Abravanel was known as Maurice de Abravanel until 1938. He moved to the United States in 1936 and remained there until his death in 1993. He died in Salt Lake City, Utah, leaving behind his third wife, Carolyn, and sons Pierre and Roger, both residents of Los Angeles, California. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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