A Fiddler's Tale: How Hollywood and Vivaldi Discovered Me by Louis Kaufman

By Louis Kaufman

This attention-grabbing memoir, written via one of many maximum American violinists of the 20 th century, recounts a rare lifestyles in music.
    Once referred to as by means of the New York Times "a violinist's violinist and a musician's musician," Louis Kaufman used to be born in 1905 in Portland, Oregon. He studied violin with Franz Kneisl at New York's Institute of Musical paintings. He used to be the unique violist of the Musical artwork Quartet (1926-1933) and gained the Naumburg Award in 1928, the yr of his American solo recital debut in New York's city Hall.
    During those early years, he performed chamber song with Pablo Casals, Mischa Elman, Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Efrem Zimbalist, between others. After appearing the violin solos for Ernst Lubitsch's 1934 movie The Merry Widow, Kaufman grew to become the main wanted violin soloist in Hollywood, taking part in in a few 500 motion pictures, together with Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, The Diary of Anne Frank, Wuthering Heights, The Grapes of Wrath, and Spartacus. He labored heavily with Robert Russell Bennett, Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman, Miklós Rózsa, Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, and Victor younger.     
    Extraordinary because it turns out at the present time, Kaufman used to be mostly answerable for bringing the once-forgotten song of Antonio Vivaldi to its present attractiveness all over the world between either classical musicians and the final inhabitants of song lovers.
    The e-book contains a song CD with Kaufman’s performances of Vivaldi’s Concerto 2 of op. 9, Havanaise through Camille Saint Saëns, Nocturne for Violin and Piano through Aaron Copland, Much Ado approximately not anything Suite for violin and piano by means of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Smoke will get on your Eyes by way of Jerome Kern, between different favorites.

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Knowing Pelz's limitless imagination and bravado, we were curious to attend this show at the Blue Mouse, a local theater. We settled in close to the stage, and the curtain rose on an astounding spectacle, which the program listed as A Night in Istanbul. The scene, bathed in a rosy glow, revealed Pelz in his resplendent white uniform, garnished with the usual assortment of medals on his increasingly ample chest, his handsome blond head uncovered, his trumpet in hand. Close by was his current "flame," a somewhat overripe peroxide blond costumed in Turkish pantaloons, wearing slippers with turned-up toes, seated facing an upright piano.

Nature was an inexhaustible inspiration to Brahms. The village children soon learned of Brahms's daily constitutional, as he always carried small candies in his pockets and would dole them out as favors. " Kneisel analyzed the subtle give and take of rubato very clearly, sometimes measuring on a musical chart the way of staying within the phrase, taking some liberty without destroying the fundamental beat. He stressed that the exact Spanish triplet as used in habaneras must be in absolutely strict tempo; it was sacred.

This resulted in our playing in an inordinate number of towns before the vacation ended. One evening, I felt a splinter in a finger of my left hand, which I showed him. I said, "Look, Mr. " So I did. I sent home one hundred dollars each week. This tour was a prelude to a much longer tour when I was ten. Mademoiselle Rozika (nee Rheingold), a very pretty brunette in her early twenties, aspired to become a classical dancer. Completely devoted I Become a Violinist • to her art, she had a dance studio for children.

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