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

By Louis Kaufman

This attention-grabbing memoir, written through one of many maximum American violinists of the 20th 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 was once born in 1905 in Portland, Oregon. He studied violin with Franz Kneisl at New York's Institute of Musical artwork. He was once the unique violist of the Musical paintings 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 track with Pablo Casals, Mischa Elman, Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Efrem Zimbalist, between others. After acting 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 movies, 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 principally accountable for bringing the once-forgotten track of Antonio Vivaldi to its present acceptance world wide between either classical musicians and the overall inhabitants of track lovers.
    The e-book incorporates a song CD with Kaufman’s performances of Vivaldi’s Concerto 2 of op. 9, Havanaise by way of Camille Saint Saëns, Nocturne for Violin and Piano by way of Aaron Copland, Much Ado approximately not anything Suite for violin and piano via Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Smoke will get on your Eyes by way of Jerome Kern, between different favorites.

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His devotion to the inspired, pure discourse of four stringed instruments opened our young minds to transcendental vistas of human emotions. Dr. Abram Chasins described for me his impressions of Kneisel's quartet, which he had heard many times in New York (I never heard them, since the quartet had disbanded before my arrival). " Catching Kneisel in an expansive mood, I asked if recordings existed of his celebrated quartet. He replied, "We made some tests, but I was very disappointed in the results.

16 • A Fiddler's Tale an occasional beat that might have felled an ox. The audience was impressed with the primal force of his attractive personality. He was even engaged as head bandmaster in San Francisco for the 1915 World's Fair. As to the medals, which he claimed were conducting awards from the Czar of Russia and other royal families of Europe, skeptics claimed that those glittering honors came from pawn shops. I confess I belonged to the group that did not mind this innocent fraud. He had an earthy sense of humor; Papa found his company enchanting as a poker-playing partner, a colorful musician, and inspired inventor of high jinks.

Kreitz for lessons. After six months of study and playing only by ear (I didn't learn to read music until some time later), my progress impressed my family and their friends. One day I noticed at the neighborhood movie house an announcement of an amateur talent contest after the western film. I reported, "Papa here's a chance for me, the first prize is three dollars, the second is two dollars, and the third is one dollar. " My father had great confidence in my judgment. He and mother even consulted my opinion on various family matters.

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