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Download e-book for kindle: A Fiddler's Tale: How Hollywood and Vivaldi Discovered Me by Louis Kaufman

By Louis Kaufman

ISBN-10: 0299183807

ISBN-13: 9780299183806

This attention-grabbing memoir, written by means of one of many maximum American violinists of the 20th century, recounts a rare existence in music.
    Once known as through 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 paintings. He used to be the unique violist of the Musical artwork Quartet (1926-1933) and gained the Naumburg Award in 1928, the 12 months 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 acting the violin solos for Ernst Lubitsch's 1934 movie The Merry Widow, Kaufman turned the main wanted violin soloist in Hollywood, enjoying 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 this present day, Kaufman was once principally answerable for bringing the once-forgotten tune of Antonio Vivaldi to its present attractiveness world wide between either classical musicians and the overall inhabitants of track lovers.
    The e-book features a tune CD with Kaufman’s performances of Vivaldi’s Concerto 2 of op. 9, Havanaise via Camille Saint Saëns, Nocturne for Violin and Piano through Aaron Copland, Much Ado approximately not anything Suite for violin and piano by way of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Smoke will get on your Eyes through Jerome Kern, between different favorites.

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When my turn to perform arrived, I was asked to play my accursed Vieuxtemps concerto. Luckily, to my surprise, it went off well with all the rapid passages in tempo. Kneisel listened quietly, turning pages but making no comment, which was highly unusual. Mr. Loeffler seemed pleased by my efforts and spoke kindly and encouragingly to me. " In the mid 1930S, the great Jascha Heifetz confirmed the traditional Russian solution of staccato velocity. He invited me to play chamber music at his summer home in Balboa, California.

However, I worked harder than ever to learn as much as possible in the allotted time. In any event, I never had two bad lessons in a row; the next was always better, as I learned at someone else's lesson what Kneisel wanted. My first bitterly cold New York winter offered a new problem-icy fingers. My colleagues and I soon found the Institute's warm basement an ideal place to warm up both fingers and instruments before braving Kneisel's sarcastic wit. I arrived a half-hour early to be sure I could play with some semblance of agility.

Our audition seemed to please Pantages, as he immediately accepted us for a two-week trial engagement. We evidently made a good impression, for that tour was extended to six months and covered his entire circuit. I have sometimes wondered why we were kept on this tour for such a long time. For the last number of our act I played a Brahms Hungarian Dance and attempted to lead the pit orchestra by waving my violin up and down in a tempo that suited Rozika. Occasionally the orchestra took a slower tempo, ignoring me and the floundering dancer, whose leaps and jumps required a minimum speed to execute.

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