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Samuel Antek (1909-1958) was a violinist in the NBC Symphony Orchestra under conductor Arturo Toscanini. He joined at the orchestra's inception in 1937 and played with it until its dissolution in 1954.
Antek was also a conductor and served as music director for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra from 1947 to 1958.
Antek wrote a series of essays about Toscanini, describing the famed Italian conductor from the point of view of an orchestral musician. They were collected in a book entitled This Was Toscanini, accompanied by renowned photographs of Toscanini by Robert Hupka; it was published posthumously by the Vanguard Press in 1963.
Antek died of a heart attack in 1958, one year after Toscanini's own death. 
- Samuel Antek papers, 1905-1975 Music Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
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