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By Louis Kaufman

This attention-grabbing memoir, written through one of many maximum American violinists of the 20 th century, recounts a rare lifestyles in music.
    Once known as via 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 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 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 was once mostly answerable for bringing the once-forgotten track of Antonio Vivaldi to its present reputation around the globe between either classical musicians and the overall inhabitants of tune lovers.
    The ebook contains 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 means 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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It was not surprising that the general ambiance of Los Angeles seemed by far the most attractive of all the towns we visited. I secretly decided that this was the place where I would live when I became an adult. The touring life was pleasant, with very little effort on my part. We performed twice a day, a matinee and evening show, seven days a week, with the traditional holidays free. It was a six-month absence from school, although I read omnivorously in my free hours. All our expenses were paid and we lived in deluxe hotels, eating whatever we chose.

I took a train to Portland, Maine, then an overnight boat to Bar Harbor, where I boarded a bus to Blue Hill. The Institute's secretary gave me the address of a family who not only provided some of us with a room to sleep and practice in, but also fed us excellent New England cuisine. We enjoyed delicious soups, Boston baked beans, fresh corn, fruit pies, and ice cream with walnuts from their orchards. We swam in the cold bracing water of the bay and cleaned up once or twice a week in the "old swimming hole" creek.

Leo Godowsky, son of famed pianist Leopold Godowsky, also took private lessons with Kneisel and joined our chamber music sessions, but even then he was intensely interested in photography. He and David Mannes (whose conductor father, Leopold, founded the Mannes School of Music in New York) later worked together and invented the color processes of photography, which they sold to the Kodak Company and became millionaires. Leo later married George Gershwin's sister, Francis. Kneisel's friends offered a cash prize for the most diligent student each summer.

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