By Louis Kaufman
Once known as by way 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 paintings. He was once 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, 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 this day, Kaufman used to be principally answerable for bringing the once-forgotten song of Antonio Vivaldi to its present acceptance all over the world between either classical musicians and the final inhabitants of tune lovers.
The ebook 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 by means of Aaron Copland, Much Ado approximately not anything Suite for violin and piano through Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Smoke will get on your Eyes by way of Jerome Kern, between different favorites.
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Extra resources for A Fiddler's Tale: How Hollywood and Vivaldi Discovered Me
Several of Kneisel's friends visited Blue Hill, including Felix Kahn, a financier who adored the violin and had an outstanding collection of fine instruments, including the famed Sancey Stradivarius. He explained to all who were interested how necessary it was to preserve these fine violins 30 • A Fiddler's Tale and keep them in clean and perfect playing condition. Other visitors were Mischa Elman, Fritz and Harriet Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Dr. Frederick Bierhof (a prominent urologist who was a close friend of Bruno Walter and many other musicians), conductor John Barbirolli, pianist JosefCasimir Hofmann, and members of the London String Qyartet.
They were laughing hilariously after the first minute, considering this a type of comedy act. I carried off first prize, and from then on my father was convinced that I was destined for the violin. He encouraged my studies and lessons, with the result that I began to play in local concerts when I was eight or nine years old. My mother made velvet black pants and white satin blouses with a flowing black silk tie for me to wear on these occasions, and always bought me patent leather pumps, a few sizes too small, since she considered large feet the sign of a peasant.
In retrospect, I think we were both right, for the eighteenthcentury composers left much to the interpreter's discretion. Kneisel rarely played at lessons but one morning, he picked up his violin to play an entire grave movement of Bach's D Minor Partita. With hardly perceptible vibrato, he played with a most subtle rubato and delicate tonal gradations that made an indelible impression on me. In a flash I realized what infinite possibilities there were in this inspired music. This deepened my sense ofloss at not having heard his quartet in its heyday.
A Fiddler's Tale: How Hollywood and Vivaldi Discovered Me by Louis Kaufman