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Muck's detailed love letters to an aspiring Boston soprano may have further complicated his treatment. In any case, Karl Muck was arrested on March 26, , and Ernst Schmidt was selected to become the temporary conductor for the remainder of the season. Ernst Schmidt was a first violin of the Boston Symphony for four seasons and he was conductor of the Boston Pops in the summer Pops season.
He was also an active composer whose chamber works were somewhat popular in the early twentieth century. Ernst Schmidt left the Boston Symphony at the end of the season to return to Europe. Max's brother Hermann Fiedler and sister Elise Fiedler were scholars who moved to England to university teaching. Max Fiedler studied piano and conducting at Leipzig and then beginning in at the Hamburg Conservatory.
Max Fiedler made his first appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic in He conducted the Hamburg Philharmonic He made his U. This led to his invitation to conduct the Boston Symphony, it was widely said at the recommendation of Karl Muck.
Unlike his predecessors, Fiedler's conducting experience was orchestral, not with the opera. In Boston, Fiedler programmed contemporary music, such as Richard Strauss , Alexander Glazunov , Claude Debussy , Jean Sibelius and Frederick Delius , as well as the austro-germanic core repertoire. However, not all critics were favorable to Fiedler in Boston.
Fiedler was selected because of his warm personal friendship with Dr. Muck and as a result of the latter's suggestion. Friendship, however, is no mark of merit Observers said that Fiedler introduced marked accelerations and extremes of tempo in a way, some critics felt, not as called for by the score. This may have resemblances to what some feel to be the mannered interpretations of Willem Mengelberg. Fiedler, according to more than one source also had the reputation as being something of a "martinet" with orchestras.
Max Fiedler also continued to teach, including in Cologne, and among his students was Einar Hansen , future first violin with the BSO Max Fiedler continued to conduct a number of German Orchestras and make recordings well into the period of the Third Reich. Max Fiedler died in Stockholm, Sweden December 1, Rabaud came from a family of musicians. Henri Rabaud's mother, a singer, created the role of Marguerite in Gounod's Faust. Rabaud said that the music of Wagner left him indifferent, but Rabaud's own compositions are said to be Wagnerian.
With the removal of Karl Muck in March, , Boston scrambled to find a new conductor. Only in September, could Henri Rabaud be announced. Nor could Rabaud arrive in time for the opening concerts in October , which were led by Pierre Monteux at that time conducting at the Metropolitan Opera , with piano soloist Josef Hofmann 55 , as shown in the announcement photograph, below.
Henri Rabaud was principal conductor of the Boston Symphony for one season, , and was not reengaged for the following season. Rabaud returned to France in the summer of In and , although not required by the authorities 1 , Rabaud asked political guidance from the German ambassador. Rabaud then excluded, first the Jewish background professors from the Conservatoire, and later, the Jewish musical students. After the withdrawal of the Nazis from France in , Rabaud took actions to insulate himself from charges of collaboration, and nothing further was said.
Henri Rabaud died in suburban Paris Neuilly on September 11, at age He studied violin from youth, and gained admittance to the Paris Conservatoire in at the age of nine.
At the Conservatoire, Monteux's violin skills were sufficient that he shared the Conservatoire violin prize with Jacques Thibaud Monteux then took up the viola, studying with Theophile Laforge , professor of viola at the Paris Conservatoire. This Summer experience was perhaps something like the conducting training experienced gained in regional theaters by beginning conductors in Germany. In , Monteux became conductor of the Sergei Diaghilev Ballets russes ballet company, which gained Monteux his first wider conducting recognition.
This latter was the performance which has gone down in concert legend for its riot by some parts of an angry Paris audience. Quite a string of premieres of the first rank, thanks in part to the discernment and commissioning of these works by Sergei Diaghilev. Then, in the spring of , Monteux was allowed to travel to the U.
It was consequent to this tour that, from , Monteux was appointed a staff conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, specializing in the French repertoire. French opera appreciation had grown in New York during the war, as the German operas began to fall out of favor. In fact, Monteux had conducted the Boston Symphony during the initial weeks of the season, because Henri Rabaud had been delayed in his arrival in Boston. Monteux remained in Boston for five seasons, In the season, the Boston musicians sought to unionize the orchestra and gain wage increases.
The life of an orchestra musician, even of the Boston Symphony, was precarious with a short season, facing difficult summer employment and also being low-paid in that era. The deadlock between the orchestra musicians and the Board on salary and unionization reached an impasse by March, On March 5, , there was a confrontation in which the Concertmaster, Fredric Fradkin, who support the changes, remained in his seat when Pierre Monteux gestured to the Orchestra to rise at the conclusion of their performance of Berlioz's Sinfonie fantastique.
This caused a sensation, and that evening Fradkin was summarily dismissed by the Board. This led to 32 other musicians leaving the orchestra However, Monteux's position seems to have also been damaged. Although Monteux avoided involvement in the strike confrontation, he emerged with his his authority and rapport with the orchestra partially compromised. Although he continued four more seasons, continuing to rebuild the orchestra, by the end of the season, the Board felt a new organizing force was needed.
After an extensive search, Serge Koussevitzky was hired from Paris as Monteux's successor The Boston Symphony did join the musicians union on December 4, Monteux then returned to France where in , he again conducted the Ballets russes. At that time, he also began a long relationship with the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, sharing conducting seasons with long-time Music Director Willem Mengelberg.
In , Monteux and Alfred Cortot were key in the creation of L'Orchestre symphonique de Paris not the same as the orchestra created in This led to the hiring of Pierre Monteux in the autumn of to resuscitate the remnants of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. After conducting the first four weeks of the Los Angeles Symphony season Klemperer was conducting the New York Philharmonic 31 , Pierre Monteux came to San Francisco the week of September 9, to organize his orchestra.
He had conducted at the Hollywood Bowl during the summer of , to be followed by concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in December. During the latter part of , Monteux was auditioning and selecting musicians to reconstitute the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Monteux's first rehearsal with his new orchestra was on Tuesday December 31, This was two days after his final concert of the season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Monteux's initial concert pair of his first season was on Friday afternoon January 10 and Saturday evening January 11, Monteux's success, and his active recording schedule with the San Francisco Symphony allowed it to thrive economically, and extend its season.
From the ten subscription concert pairs of the season, by , the San Francisco Symphony season had expanded to twelve concert pairs of subscription concerts Monteux's musicianship and greatness was unquestioned, although some thought that Monteux did not always demand the best.
Toscanini, for example always drove himself and his musicians to seek the best at every concert. Monteux was thought by some sometimes to accept less. Monteux became a U. His later life was centered in guest conducting, including the Boston Symphony after Koussevitzky had retired , and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra.
Monteux died July 1, in Hancock, Maine at age His poor Jewish parents were both musicians, and Koussevitzky learned violin and cello from an early age. In , Koussevitzky won a full scholarship to the Music and Drama Institute run by the Moscow Philharmonic to study double bass.
Koussevitzky was a virtuoso bass player and joined the Bolshoi Theater orchestra in , where he stayed until , moving to Principal bass of the Bolshoi in He married his first wife, Nadezhda Galat, a Bolshoi ballerina, in In , Koussevitzky divorced Galat in order to marry Natalya Ushkov, daughter of a wealthy Russian tea merchant. With his wife's wealth, Koussevitzky was able to move to Berlin to study conducting.
For his wedding present, Natalie asked her father to to buy Serge an orchestra Somewhat like the wealthy Sir Thomas Beecham in the early years of learning conducting, Koussevitzky used his great wealth to hire complete orchestras. In , Koussevitzky made his conducting debut by hiring the Berlin Philharmonic! In , Koussevitzky formed his own orchestra in Moscow. During , Koussevitzky toured as a bass virtuoso and also conducted his orchestra.
Koussevitzky had a flair for publicity and became famous across Europe. Following the Russian Revolution in , Koussevitzky was appointed conductor of what became in , the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Petrograd, predecessor of the Leningrad Philharmonic and now the St. In , Koussevitzky left Russia for Paris, where he began a new orchestral series called Concerts Koussevitzky.
In , the Boston Symphony, searching for a successor to Pierre Monteux, offered Koussevitzky a three year contract, beginning with the Boston season. Koussevitzky accepted, moving to Boston, where he would live the rest of his life. Beginning with the season, Koussevitzky was director of the Boston Symphony for 25 seasons, , and brought the Boston Symphony Orchestra to a new level of international fame, with consistent excellence.
Koussevitzky also provided the musicians with a new level of income security by expanding the season. Beginning in , Koussevitzky further expanded the orchestra's activity with the Tanglewood Festival during summers. The Tanglewood Music Festival had its beginnings in when Koussevitzky brought the orchestra to the Tanglewood estate for a series of concerts.
In , Koussevitzky started what became known as the Tanglewood Music Center, an educational experience held each summer for promising young musicians, with master classes and multiple performance opportunities. During his tenure in Boston, Koussevitzky was a leading advocate of new music, commissioning a long list of now-famous works.
Koussevitzky founded the Koussevitzky Music Foundation in to commission and promote new music. Most other conductors study the scores directly, but a facility to hear the music from reading the score was apparently was not a gift granted Koussevitzky but of course he could read a symphonic score.
Yet, Koussevitzky was an inspired performer, one of the greats of a great age, as still shown by his recorded legacy. Koussevitzky also had a broad repertoire, including an open attitude to contemporary music.
Serge Koussevitzky made a long-lasting impact on the Boston Symphony. It is now more than twenty-five years since Serge Koussevitzky retired as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, after having served for a quarter of a century. Inevitable changes have taken place in our orchestra since then Serge Koussevitzky retired from the Boston Symphony at the end of the season after twenty-five seasons as Music Director, and died in Boston two years later, on June 4, , age Charles Munch entered the Strasbourg Conservatoire , where his father also taught.
During World War 1, Munch was first conscripted into the German army, but in , he became a French citizen. From , Munch taught violin at the Strasbourg Conservatoire, and was assistant Concertmaster of the Strasbourg orchestra.
While in Leipzig, Munch also taught violin at the Leipzig Conservatory. While in Leipzig, Charles Munch studied conducting, in part with the Czech musician Fritz Zweig , conductor at the Kroll Opera, who later ended up in Hollywood. Charles Munch returned to Paris and on November 1, , he made his conducting debut with the Orchestre des Concerts Straram. So, like Koussevitzky, Munch got his start in conducting by having the fortune to hire an entire orchestra and hall for his debut.
Munch then conducted a series of French Orchestras: From , Charles Munch traveled widely as a guest conductor, particularly in the U. Charles Munch with the Boston Symphony in mids. Munch also lead the symphony in four major tours. In and , he led European tours. Charles Munch was regarded by many BSO musicians as a protector of their interests, and was both liked and respected.
At the end of the season Charles Munch left the Boston Symphony and passed to a guest conductor phase of his career. In , he took the orchestra on a tour of North America, during which Charles Munch died on November 6, of a heart attack in his hotel room in Richmond, Virginia. Landauer in Vienna, Austria on February 4, Leinsdorf's ability to sight read scores at the piano, his memory, and his Italian language skills were advantages at Salzburg, and Toscanini became something of a mentor to Leinsdorf.
Beginning in the season, following the death or Artur Bodanzky, Erich Leinsdorf was named principal MET conductor of the German repertory, which gave Leinsdorf's career an immediate boost during Leinsdorf found the Metropolitan Opera progressively more frustrating, with the few rehearsals and the negative atmosphere of opera house politics.
In in a controversial selection process in which candidates George Szell and Vladimir Golschmann were turned down 54 , Erich Leinsdorf was named Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Leinsdorf happily departed from the MET, but he was unlucky at Cleveland. First, in the season, with the US entering World War 2, Cleveland lost 22 musicians, whom Leinsdorf needed to replace.
One of Leinsdorf's hires was George Goslee, Principal bassoon, who remained with the orchestra for 44 seasons. Then, Leinsdorf himself was drafted into the U. Army , and so was not able to make his mark in Cleveland. Leinsdorf received his Army discharge in September, Meanwhile, the Cleveland Orchestra season had already been programmed with guest conductors including George Szell who had very successful series of November concerts.
The Cleveland season became a horserace between Leinsdorf, Szell, and Vladimir Golschmann as to who would become permanent Music Director. Szell made a strong impression on Cleveland that season, and Erich Leinsdorf gradually lost our to Szell.
This may have seemed the destiny of George Szell, who continued with 24 seasons of greatness with the Cleveland Orchestra. Leinsdorf then went on to the Rochester Philharmonic, where he was Music Director for eight seasons, Then, after a brief period at the New York City Opera, Leinsdorf returned as a leading conductor of the Metropolitan Opera during Erich Leinsdorf died in a Zurich hospital, suffering from cancer on September 11, His musical erudition and generous personality gained respect, and during his most inspired performances, particularly in the opera house, he was often the equal of any of his contemporaries.
During World War 1, Steinberg was in a German military band, playing the horn. In the s, Steinberg followed the classic German path for the training of a conductor: First was the Cologne Opera, where in , Steinberg was appointed Otto Klemperer's conducting assistant. When Klemperer left Cologne in , Steinberg was appointed his successor. While there, Steinberg made his first recording in for Columbia with Bronislaw Huberman of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra, a famous recording, never out of circulation until today.
After Prague, Steinberg then graduated to one of the first-ranked German opera companies, the Frankfurt Opera from In , following the accession to power of the Nazi government, Steinberg was excluded from conducting groups other than of Jewish musicians. On December 26, , the Palestine Symphony gave its first concert with Arturo Toscanini conducting.
Toscanini was impressed by the orchestral preparation done by William Steinberg, and invited Steinberg to become his assistant at the NBC Symphony. As a result, Steinberg arrived in New York City in as assistant conductor.
This was followed by the position for which Steinberg is likely most remembered: Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Steinberg toured extensively with both the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Boston Symphony. Pittsburgh toured Europe for an amazing 11 weeks, August 10 to November 1, At the end of the season, Steinberg relinquished the Boston Music Director position, as he did the Pittsburgh position at the end of the season, after 24 seasons as Music Director.
In December, , Steinberg made his last orchestral appearance with the Pittsburgh Symphony. I found the Steinberg concerts with different orchestras, as well as his Boston and Pittsburgh recordings to be competent, yet basically uninspired, including his Bruckner, for which he was often praised.
However, I would not share the extreme opinion of a friend who claimed that he believed Steinberg must be deaf probably he was not serious. Upon his family's return to Japan in , Ozawa began to study the piano.
During the season, Ozawa studied with Herbert von Karajan in Berlin. Then, Leonard Bernstein appointed Seiji Ozawa assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic beginning in the season, and accompanied Bernstein during the Japan tour that year. Ozawa stayed in New York for 4 seasons, becoming Bernstein's exclusive assistant.
Seiji Ozawa is said to have expressed the objective to pass the forty-three seasons that Eugene Ormandy was Music Director in Philadelphia.
Ozawa did not reach that mark, but with his thirty seasons in Boston including the Music Advisor season , he surpassed Koussevitzky who served twenty-five seasons. It was announced he would leave his Vienna post at the end of the season. Although Ozawa's health has been variable reportedly due to esophageal cancer , Seiji Ozawa also continues an active guest conducting program. Seiji Ozawa throughout his career studied each of his scores intensively, and was regarded by his colleagues as always prepared in-depth.
He also has an excellent musical memory. His conducting style is clean and transparent. Ozawa also has a remarkable depth of repertoire, including extended representation of contemporary compositions.
His father was a violinist who lead a dance band, and his mother had studied with Martha Graham. Levine began piano study at age 4 73 , and was something of a prodigy. Walter Levin apparently initially said "the ten-year-old has not been born that I would teach".
James Levine graduated from Juilliard in , just before his twenty-first birthday. Levine thought that Jean Morel was perhaps not one of the great conductors, but a very good teacher of preparation and conducting technique In season, Levine studied with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra, where he became assistant conductor to Szell From , for twenty-three seasons, James Levine was Music Director of the Ravinia Festival each summer, being succeeded in turn by Christoph Eschenbach.
Levine made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the summer of , with an acclaimed performance of Tosca, followed by return engagements. Levine was further offered the Music Director position of the Metropolitan Opera by Schuyler Chapin, then General Manager, but with the stipulation that Chapin would reserve artistic decisions, as Sir Rudolf Bing had done James Levine is said to have considered such an arrangement unworkable.
The situation evolved, including the departure of Chapin. In this position, it can be said that Levine has more total authority at the Metropolitan Opera than even Arturo Toscanini did with Gatti-Casazza from Levine gradually added co-Principals in each of the orchestra sections, so as to reduce the heavy weekly work load of the Principal musicians.
This, and the improvement of salaries and conditions allowed the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to hire the best musicians, and to improve overall performance quality. With the virtuoso level of his orchestra, Levine also began a regular series of successful concert programs by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. This was not the first time the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra had given purely orchestral concerts, but it was judged by critics to have achieved a new level of organization and quality in this orchestral series.
James Levine first conducted the Boston Symphony in Since his appointment in Boston, Levine has suffer health problems, including surgery in and Most serious was lengthy spinal surgery in April, However, James Levine made a triumphant return to open the Boston Symphony season on October 2, Unfortunately, it was not to last, and the spinal problems continued, forcing James Levine to resign as Music Director of the Boston Symphony in March, Nelsons mother and step-father were both musicians, and Nelsons early in his training pursued piano, trumpet and singing.
In , Nelsons later studied with Mariss Jansons whom Nelsons considers a mentor. In , Nelsons became Chief Conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie of Herford, Germany, where he continued for three seasons. In the summer of , Andris Nelsons made his debut at the opening of the Bayreuth Festival season with a new production of Lohengrin. With the City of Birmingham Symphony appointment, Nelsons began a UK engagement which will end for now with the season.
Andris Nelsons' initial Boston Symphony contract is for five seasons. The Nelsons - Boston Symphony relationship has begun most positively in the eyes of both the musicians and the public.
A small Boston Symphony conductor joke: Called "Music Hall Promenade Concerts" from to , it was modeled after the London Promenade Concerts the "Proms" or perhaps the Vienna summer concert gardens of Henry Lee Higginson's youthful experience, with tables and food and drink served to an audience of both lighter and more serious music. After , it became officially the "Boston Pops".
For the first seventy years of the Boston Symphony, until year-around employment was achieved, the Pops season supplied welcome added employment for the Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians.
Gustave Strube was a first violin of the Boston Symphony From to he conducted the Boston Pops. The Boston Globe of April 26, wrote: After five years of most satisfactory and gratifying service by Messrs Max Zach and Gustav Strube as joint conductors [of the Boston Pops] the management has decided to make a change.
Adamowski, who nine years ago in old Music hall conducted during the most successful season ever known in the 17 years of the 'Pops' has been selected to again wield the baton However, since the Boston Symphony Principal musicians do not usually play with the Pops, these Principals previously had an open two months. In this group, twelve of the Boston Symphony first chair musicians make up a highly effective chamber music ensemble.
Today, except for the Concertmaster sometimes called the "Leader" in Europe , the usual title for the first or leading instrument of an orchestral section is "Principal", as in "Principal Flute". However, in earlier years and in some orchestra sections, the first chair musician may have been referred to as "Solo", or "First", as in "solo trumpet".
In the profiles below, for consistency and clarity, I usually use the title "Principal", even if the title was not yet used at that time. He began studies in Sonderhaven, Germany at an early age with with his uncle, the Concertmaster, Ullrich Listemann Bernard Listemann studied under some of the most famous violin teachers of the nineteenth century: In , age only 15, Bernard Listemann played in the first violin section of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Bernard and Fritz Listemann came to the U.
Bernard Listemann continued with the Thomas orchestra until the Fritz Listemann played violin in the Philharmonic Club orchestra. In the s, Bernard Listemann also organized and conducted other orchestral groups in Boston. One such group was the Listemann Concert Company, modeled after the Theodore Thomas touring orchestra. However, none of the Listemann groups survived. This activity led to Bernard Listemann becoming the first Concertmaster of the newly formed Boston Symphony Orchestra in Fritz Listemann similarly joined the Boston Symphony from In the summer of between his first and second seasons, Gericke in Europe is said to have hired some 20 new orchestral musicians for the Boston Symphony.
This led to important changes in the Orchestra, including the replacement of Bernard Listemann by Franz Kneisel, as well as the replacement of Fritz Listemann among the first violins In , Bernard Listemann relocated to Chicago, where he became head of the violin department at the Chicago School of Music Kuehn, Boegner, and Steindel were all musicians in the Chicago Orchestra at the time. Bernard Listemann continued to head the violin curriculum at the Chicago School from , after which time he retired.
Bernard Listemann died in Chicago February 11, , age Then Kneisel emigrated to the U. Louis Svecenski remained viola during the career of the Kneisel Quartet, but Fritz Giese was eventually dropped due to his unfortunate alcoholism, from which he died at age only 37 The Kneisel Quartet from pioneered the appreciation in the United States of the rich literature of the string quartet, including not only a full variety of contemporary composers, but also of Beethoven and Haydn.
The Kneisel Quartet also made at least one recording for Columbia Columbia in There is an interesting story that Louis Svecenski , violist for more than 20 years in the quartet would ask, when he heard complements about a particular string quartet in a work of romantic or contemporary music: In , the Kneisel Quartet toured England. The Kneisel Quartet was playing the Debussy quartet only ten years after its composition, and also played the George W.
Chadwick Quartet in in support of American music. In , Kneisel disbanded his quartet so as to devote all his time to teaching. As a string teacher, Franz Kneisel said that his teaching was devoted to " After a rich career equally important as a performer and as a teacher, Franz Kneisel died in New York City on Mach 26, He studied at the Madrid Conservatoire under the great Spanish teacher, Jesus de Monasterio He then moved to Berlin to study with Joachim for 3 years. In the late s, he taught violin at the Hamburg Conservatory.
In about , he returned to the Madrid Conservatoire to teach violin. Then, he moved to London to teach at the Royal College of Music - During this period in England, he also toured with the singers Edward Lloyd and Charles Santley When he moved to Boston to become Concertmaster for the season, he continued his chamber music activities.
From , Hess studied with Joseph Joachim in Berlin. During two seasons, Willy Hess was Concertmaster of the orchestra in Rotterdam before the current Rotterdam Philharmonic and taught at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Willy Hess returned to Germany, and , was eight seasons in Cologne. Hess then returned to England, where he taught violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London in Willy Hess became the fourth Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony in the season.
He remained in the first chair for six seasons. Willy Hess was a friend of Max Bruch and premiered several of Max Bruch's works for violin and viola. Willy Hess died in Berlin February 17, His father, Georg Wendling was also a musician. Carl Wendling lived for many years in Stuttgart, Germany, where he also taught at the Conservatory.
This was following World War 1, named after Carl Wending. Alfred Saal had been Principal cello of the Philadelphia Orchestra for two seasons The Wendling Quartet also toured the U. Yet Aldrich gave the group a good review. I am not sure that first violins of successful string quartets are usually "incisive personalities", thinking of the Kneisel, the Flonzaley, the Capet, the Budapest, etc.
The Wendling String Quartet made a number of recordings in Germany in the late s. Carl Wendling died on March 27, in Stuttgart, Germany, age Anton Witek was Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Witek resigned as Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in , after which he taught violin in Boston.
See his picture below showing the string section leaders for the season. Anton Witek died in Boston in August, Beginning in , at age sixteen, Fradkin was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire, where he won the violin Premier prix in the Concour.
At this time, the impact of the warfare of World War 1 on public thinking was ever-growing, which generated significant anti-German sentiments. The next season, Pierre Monteux became conductor beginning In this season, the orchestra musicians sought to unionize and gain wage increases, which Fradkin as Concertmaster supported. Feelings escalated into March, On March 5, , there was a confrontation in which Fredric Fradkin remained in his seat when Pierre Monteux gestured to the Orchestra to rise to recognize the audience applause for their performance of Berlioz's 'Sinfonie fantastique'.
This caused a sensation, and that evening Fradkin was summarily dismissed by the orchestra Board Following this spectacular event, Fradkin had a minimal later role in the concert world. Freddy Fradkin also toured in Europe in Fradkin became a freelance radio orchestra musician, and later opened a restaurant in New York City.
For the next 35 years, Freddy Fradkin was not active in music concerts. Fredric Fradkin died in New York in , age 71 after a varied, if perhaps blighted musical career.
There is a famous story told many times, but still good involving two leading violinists, Freddy Fradkin and Mischa Elman, attending a Jacha Heifetz concert with the famous wit and pianist Leopold Godowsky.
One Saturday afternoon, 27th October , Carnegie Hall was filled to hear the sixteen-year old violin sensation, Jascha Heifetz. Godowsky, his wife Dagmar and violinists Fradkin and Elman were seated in their box. Heifetz successfully performed a dazzling concert. At the interval, Godowsky's party retired to the open area behind their box.
Elman wiped his brow, and said "Phew, it's awfully hot in there! Burgin began the study of violin at age 6.
Bergin's first public performance was in , age 11 with the Warsaw Philharmonic. Then, , he studied with Leopold Auer at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where he graduated in , winning the Siver prize in violin in that year Burgin became Concertmaster of the Warsaw Philharmonic in Burgin came to the U.
Burgin taught violin for many years at the New England Conservatory, where he became the Conservatory Orchestra conductor in , and and at the Berkshire Music Center, where he taught conducting. The also conducted the Portland, Maine symphony.
In , Burgin married the Massachusetts born Ruth Posselt September 6, February 19, , 22 years his junior and a violin virtuoso student of Frantisek Ondricek Richard Burgin had the somewhat amusing reputation of being personally absent-minded, and of not being concerned about clothes, both in formal wear, and in details, such as remembering to wear a concert necktie.
Although forgetful, Burgin was also a champion-level Bridge player. Burgin was much admired by his colleagues. Burgin retired from the Boston Symphony at the end of the season. Burgin also conducted the Florida State Chamber Orchestra. Richard Burgin suffered a stroke in January, 67 , and died 3 months later in St. Petersburg, Florida April 29, Joseph was left handed, but his father taught him to play right handed.
In about , Silverstein studied with Josef Gingold who was at that time Concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony. Silverstein was admitted to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia in , where he studied with Ephram Zimbalist.
Silverstein was expelled from the Curtis Institute in , at age He later said "I was too distracted by "girls and baseball" 4. After leaving Curtis, he played with the Houston Symphony , and with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the season.
Silverstein returned to Detroit, and began study with Detroit Symphony Concertmaster Mischa Mischakoff , whom Silverstein said transformed his attitude toward preparation and playing.
Joe Silverstein then went to the Denver Symphony as Concertmaster and Assistant conductor for one season, Next year, Joseph Silverstein joined the Boston Symphony in the season taking the last chair of the second violins.
As unusual as such a progression was, Joseph Silverstein gradually moved up in the violin section until he was appointed Concertmaster in the season. Silverstein remained Concertmaster for 21 season, until the end of During the time that Richard Burgin was still with the Boston Symphony, Silverstein said he was a mentor to him. In , during his final season with the Boston Symphony, Silverstein was appointed conductor of the Utah Symphony on a trial basis, where he remained as Music Director until Now, well into his seventies, Silverstein is active as Professor of violin at the Curtis Institute.
Malcolm Lowe with his second favorite instrument he is a top golfer. Malcolm Lowe joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster in , only the tenth Concertmaster in its nearly year history. Malcolm Lowe was born in born in July, in Hamiota, Manitoba about km west of Winnipeg to musical parents.
Lowe's father was a violinist and his mother a singer. Lowe moved with his family to Regina, Saskatchewan at the age of nine. Malcolm Low then later studied at the Meadowmount School of Music, a summer music camp in up-state New York, founded by Ivan Galamian who was also a famous Juilliard teacher.
Malcolm Lowe joined the Boston Symphony in the season, only the third Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony since , when Richard Burgin took the first chair position. Since coming to Boston, Malcolm Lowe has taught at the Tanglewood Music Center, and at the New England Conservatory and Boston University, as well as presumably getting in a number of rounds of golf a passion at which he may match his 46 year BSO violin colleague Leo Panasevich In his playing, and in interviews, after more than two decades as Concertmaster in Boston, Malcolm Lowe still shows his enthusiasm and engagement in music making.
As a cellist, his first training was with his father, an amateur musician. Fries then went to Ploen, also in the Duchy of Holstein to study music and the cello.
In , with his older brother August Fries, he relocated to Bergen, Norway where they both played in the Bergen orchestra. Their experiences in Bergen were said to have been difficult although August Fries in later life moved back to Bergen. Before , such groups and such musicians were a rare breed.
Mendelssohn Quintette Club The Mendelssohn Quintette Club, started Boston in December, was one of the earliest successful and long-term chamber groups in the US, when orchestral music was virtually non-existent.
The Philharmonic Society in New York was performing only 4 concerts per season until , and the Boston Orchestral Union the same.
The Harvard Musical Association was not organized for concerts until However, the Mendelssohn Quintette Club was performing more frequently in Boston, and also touring New England states. In later years, they toured widely.
The initial members of the Mendelssohn Quintette Club included many of the handful of orchestral musicians of the US almost able to make a living from playing the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn. Soon thereafter joined two musicians from the original Germania Society, both violinists: The Mendelssohn Quintette Club deserves a book just covering its fifty years of activity covering the very first professional group in the US to devote itself to classical chamber music.
Wulf Fries continued his teaching, and died in suburban Boston on April 19, , age 77 after a full musical life. Bayrhoffer joined the cello section of the Boston Symphony in the initial season, perhaps in the second cello chair. Upon the departure of Wulf Fries in January , Carl Bayrhoffer seems to have become Principal cello of the Boston Symphony for the final portion of the season.
Bayrhoffer's featured performances of the season, the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto opus 33 were not well received by the critics , - unusual for the typically favorable critical style of that era. Bayrhoffer was also a composer, and published Five Songs Without Words for cello and piano: After leaving the U.
Alexander Heindl was born into this musical family in Bavaria, Germany on June 25, The Heindl father had been a musician, playing the flute and other instruments. Alexander and his younger brothers Edward Martin Heindl and Henry Heindl after were all musicians, and all eventually were musicians of the Boston Symphony.
In the first Boston Symphony season, Alexander was joined the cello section, Edward was named Principal flute, and Henry joined the viola section in the second chair.
Alexander Heindl had had a distinguished career in Europe, playing cello in the Vienna Philharmonic in the s, when the orchestra was building its season length. The Heindl brothers emigrated to the U. Alexander Heindl remained with the cello section until the end of the season, when he retired, age It performed a number of premieres, including works by Joseph Joachim Raff He was son of the cellist and teacher Joseph Giese Joseph Giese was born in Koblenz, Germany and was a student of the Berlin-based cellist and teacher Moritz Ganz The interesting information of of the Nederlands Muziek Instituut website states: In at the early age of fifteen, Fritz Giese graduated from the Royal Conservatory, Hague and went on to further studies in Paris with Louis-Auguste Jacquard After touring Europe as a cello soloist in about , Fritz Giese joined the Park Orchestra in Amsterdam during about He was also an original member of the Kneisel Quartet He became dependent on alcohol, which lead to his gradual deterioration as a musician.
Fritz Giese was a fine cellist, particularly when playing with the Kneisel Quartet in the s. With the arrival of Arthur Nikisch as conductor of the Boston Symphony in the season, it seems that Nikisch had determined on Anton Hekking as Principal cello. However, he returned to Boston, where he died on August 5, , sadly from illness arising from his alcoholism.
Fritz Giese's artistry was cut short at age only Hekking was from a musical family. He studied first with his cellist father Robert Gerard Hekking Anton Hekking studied in the Hague with cellist and teacher Joseph Giese , who was the father and teacher of Anton Hekking's colleague and Boston predecessor Fritz Giese. As a youth, Hekking played with the Utrecht Symphony. Anton Hekking won the Conservatoire Premier prix for cello in the Concour Following graduation, Anton Hekking toured the U.
Hekking was one of the 54 musicians who founded the Berlin Philharmonic in , after breaking away from the orchestra of conductor Benjamin Bilse During this period, Anton Hekking had a reputation in the orchestra of a practical joker, which is said to have caused some tension within the Philharmonic, and led to Hekking's departure in Hekking remained as Principal cello in Boston for two seasons, During this time, Hekking was also cello of the Kneisel String Quartet So was created the Hekking Trio which continued seven seasons, The concerts of the trio followed the Bilse Orchestra format with tables and beer served with the music.
These programs sold well for the seven years they continued. Anton Hekking also taught at the Stern Conservatory, Berlin, where he died after a full and colorful career on November 18, Alwin Schroeder was initially violist in the Schroeder family quartet, with his older brother Karl as cello.
Karl Schroeder was later Professor of cello at the Leipzig Conservatory, and he encouraged his brother Alwin to pursue the cello.
Alwin Schroeder loved the sound of the cello and initially taught himself. Following graduation, Schroeder's first orchestral cello engagements were in the Karl Liebig orchestra in Berlin. This led to Alwin Schroeder in being appointed co-Principal cello with the famous cellist Julius Klengel of the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra. During his time at the Leipzig Gewandhaus , Alwin Schroeder also began teaching at the Leipzig Conservatory after his brother Karl had left to become Kapellmeister in Sondershausen in central Germany.
Alwin Schroeder then toured in Germany and Russia. In the season, Alwin Schneider joined the newly formed Boston Symphony Orchestra as Principal cello, where he stayed initially for 12 seasons. During this time, he advised Dvorak on his cello concerto Hoch Konservatorium for a year in Frankfurt Schroeder then returned to the U.
Schroeder also replaced Leo Schulz in the Margulies Trio. During the , Schroeder played with the Boston String Quartet. He remained with Boston for another 7 seasons until the end of the season. Alwin Schroeder died in Boston, October 17, He came from a musical family. His older brother, Albert Krasselt was a violinist, Concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra, and later a conductor.
Rudolf Krasselt began cello study at age 9. The next season Rudolf Krasselt next became Principal cello of the Berlin Philharmonic in at age The book Gustav Mahler: Triumph and Disillusion states:. He was not able to join the Boston Symphony until October, joining only at the second concert of the season due to German military service Krasselt was Principal cello of the Boston Symphony for only one seasons under Gericke. When he left the orchestra, in , the New York Times stated that Krasselt was preparing himself for a conducting career The remainder of Krasselt's career was in fact as a conductor.
From Krasselt was Kapellmeister of the Kiel Opera. In , Krasselt was appointed conductor of the German Opera Deutsche Oper located in Charlottenburg, then still a separate suburb of Berlin.
Krasselt conducted the Stockholm Symphony Orchestra in Krasselt in later years concentrated on conducting. He was for many years conductor Music Director not then a title of the Staatsoper Hannover, which he also conducted at some times in the s.
The letter is described as " Krasselt died in Hannover, Germany in Otto Urack in He was trained in Berlin both as a cellist and pianist.
In , Urack conducted the Berlin Philharmonic in his own works including 'Fantasia for Orchestra' This was the same opera theater at which Alfred Hertz learned his conducting 15 years previously. In the season, Urack joined the Boston Symphony under Karl Muck as associate conductor and Co-Principal cello 70 , seated at the stand next to Principal cello Heinrich Warnke, and with Urack listed second in the Boston Symphony programs.
Beginning the next season, Otto Urack also conducted the Boston Pops concerts. Urack continued as Co-Principal cello until the end of the season. While in Boston, Otto Urack pursued conducting, as he also did later in Europe. Also in Berlin in the early s, he played chamber music and accompanied several leading singers in concerts from the piano.
Otto Urack also conducted some of the earliest radio broadcast concerts beginning October, transmitted by the VOX-Haus broadcasting station in Berlin. Otto Urack later relocated to Dresden. Otto Urack in the s also composed some film music.
Heinrich Warnke was born in Wesselburen north of Hamburg , Germany in At age 12, he entered the Hamburg Conservatory where he studied cello with Albert Gowa after In about , Warnke went to Leipzig where he played with the great Gewandhaus Orchestra. In the season, after the resignation of Rudolph Krasselt, Warnke came to Boston to become Principal cello at the Boston Symphony.
Johannes Warnke remaining with the Boston Symphony for ten seasons, , Heinrich Warnke remained Principal cello of the Boston Symphony for nine seasons. At the end of the season, perhaps due to the return of Karl Muck, Heinrich Warnke was succeeded by Joseph Malkin as Principal cello. Warnke, however, remained with the Boston Symphony four more seasons, until the end of the season. Heinrich Warnke died in Germany during the summer of His first cello teacher starting in was Ladislas Alois circa circa In , Malkin entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied under Henri Rabaud , and received the first prize in cello in In the Autumn of , Joseph Malkin toured European countries with his violinist brother Jacques He made his debut in Berlin in , and performed there in He played solo cello with the Berlin Philharmonic , and during this time played cello with the Witek trio, with Anton Witek , later Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony, and at that time Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.
In , he left Berlin and joined the Brussels Quartet, and also toured Europe, seeking to establish a soloist career. Malkin made his American debut in Malkin was back in Germany at the outset of World War 1 in , and Saleski says that it was Malkin's friendship with Chief of the German General Staff General Helmuth von Moltke , that allowed Malkin to gain an exit visa to go to Boston In Chicago, he formed a trio with his brothers.
In , the family founded the Malkin Conservatory of Music in Boston. Schoenberg taught at the Conservatory for one year immediately upon his emigration to the United States. The Malkin Conservatory closed in , and Joseph Malkin in the season joined the New York Philharmonic for six seasons, retiring at the end of the season. Joseph Malkin died in Jean Bedetti circa Jean Bedetti was born in Lyon, France December 25, He began study with his father, also a cellist and a teacher at the Lyon Conservatory.
In the s, Jean Bedetti won the competition for entrance to the Lyon Conservatory, where he conditnued studies with his father, a cello virtuoso.
This training allowed Jean Bedetti to be admitted to the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied cello with Jules Loeb Bedetti was to remain with the Boston Symphony as Principal cello for twenty-nine seasons.
Georges Bedetti was described by his students as an emotional player. Kermit Moore, a Bedetti student describes an emotional scene between Bedetti and Koussevitzky. Bedetti became very angry with Koussevitzky because Koussevitzky had the temerity to say things to Bedetti: The notes just don't sound,' and so Bedetti was so angry he stormed off the stage.
He walked across the stage and management had to ask him to come back and he refused. So they asked Koussevitzky if he would apologize to Bedetti? Koussevitzky said, 'No, I will not apologize. He will come back. Jean Bedetti moved to Florida, where he died in Miami on July 25, Louis, Missouri on August 11, Samuel Mayes had a genuine American west background: Mayes began early with cello lessons with Max Steindel , long time Principal cello of the St.
Louis Symphony 42 years with the orchestra. Mayes played at age 8 as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony under Rudolph Ganz. During the s, while at Curtis, Samuel Mayes played frequently in the cello section of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Stokowski and Ormandy. Mayes graduated from Curtis in , and was already listed in the Philadelphia Orchestra cello section in the season.
In the season, Mayes became Principal cello of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and remained Principal in Philadelphia until the end of the season. Serge Koussevitzky selected Samuel Mayes as Principal cello of the Boston Symphony beginning with the season, where Mayes remained for 18 seasons. Samuel Mayes remained with the Philadelphia Orchestra until declining health convinced him to retire at the end of the season. After Samuel retired, Winifred Mayes remained with the Philadelphia Orchestra four more seasons, departing at the end of He apparently thought that his health had improved sufficiently for him to take up the position of Principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta However, this proved not to be sustainable, and Mayes joined the music faculty of the University of Michigan.
Samuel Mayes retired in , but occasionally performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony. Unfortunately, Samuel Mayes's heath continued to deteriorate, and following open heart surgery and later surgery for colon cancer , he died in Mesa, Arizona on August 24, , age Jules Eskin's father was an amateur cellist who gave Jules his first lessons, followed by instruction at the Philadelphia Settlement Music School.
While in Dallas, Eskin studied with Janos Starker who was then Principal cello for Dallas in the season. In the summers of and , Eskin studied at the Tanglewood Music Center. In the early s, Eskin took master classes with Pablo Casals. Since then Jules Eskin was Principal cello in the each of the orchestra sections which he led. Eskin then joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Principal cello in the season, following the departure of Samuel and Winifred Mayes to the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Petersburg then Leningrad Conservatory. After more than four decades with the Boston Symphony, under five Music Directors, Jules Eskin, still Principal cello of the Boston Symphony passed on 15 November after a full, rich, and long career.
Louis Snyder in his interesting book Boston Symphony and Its World of Players recounts a joke about the virtuoso talents of the Boston musicians. The orchestra was touring Europe and in Germany, the morning after a concert, a violist was reading and translating a critic's review to his colleagues.
The newspaper headline was " A Virtuoso at Every Desk ". The musician read the article to his colleagues, but then made a puzzled expression. After a pause, he said: Recall that there are two musicians at every desk. But they say a joke is not good if you need to explain it! Principal Violas of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Heindel and his wife emigrated to the US in at age 25, along with his older brothers Alexander Heindl after and Edward Martin Heindl Henry Heindl became Principal viola of the Boston Symphony in its first season.
Henry Heindl was Principal viola of the Boston Symphony for three seasons Louis Svecenski was appointed Principal viola by Wilhelm Gericke in the season, at which time Henry Heindl moved to the second chair.
Henry Heindl remained in the viola section 25 more seasons until the end of , when he retired at age Henry Heindl's six children, Alexander Jr. He also made what was likely the first recordings by a Boston Symphony musician for Victor Talking Machine Company Svecenski studied violin at the Vienna Conservatory under two famous teachers: In , Gericke engaged both Svecenski and Kneisel for the Boston Symphony as first viola and first violin, respectively.
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